GENERAL ELECTION – 8TH JUNE 2017

GENERAL ELECTION – 8TH JUNE 2017
 
CWU General Conference this week unanimously voted for the attached emergency motion (E8), setting out the union’s support for the Labour Party in the forthcoming general election. As put forward in the motion, the union will be making the case for a Labour government to our members and the wider public, supporting CWU members and trade unionists as candidates and campaigning in key target seats.
 
The motion sets out the reasons for this. In this election we face a stark choice – between the continuation of the Tory government’s agenda that has left public services in crisis and working people facing a race to the bottom in the workplace; or a Labour government that will stand up for our members on employment, housing, the NHS and education.
 
The candidate selection process is currently ongoing and we are working to help a number of our members through this. We have also met with the CWU Regional Secretaries to co-ordinate campaigning and support in a number of constituencies and we are in the process of agreeing a communications plan for the coming weeks. Further details will be provided in due course.
 
In relation to the manifesto, the union is engaging with the Labour Party on our key priorities for this. As an affiliated union the CWU has a formal role in the development of the manifesto under the Labour Party rule book, the National Policy Forum and through Labour’s NEC on which Andy Kerr (Deputy General Secretary T&FS) represents the CWU. This engagement is being managed by the union nationally within the General Secretary’s department and the primary issues we are looking to move forward reflect our major campaigns and policies on our industries.
 
Finally, we would urge all branches to engage with local Constituency Labour Parties, MPs and candidates as a matter of urgency. The election is just six weeks away and it is extremely important that Labour is able to get its message and policies across. The only way it will do so is if party members and trade unions get behind this.
 
Branches will be aware that there are limits and legal requirements we need to comply with on any spending that is undertaken in the run up to the election and further guidance will be issued on this shortly.
 
Any queries on the contents of this LTB should be addressed to gsoffice@cwu.org.
 
Yours sincerely
 
 
Tony Kearns
Acting General Secretary
 
 
 
 
 
E8
 
 
 
 
This Conference agrees that the announcement by Theresa May on 18th April of her intention to hold a General Election on 8th June presents our members and the people of the country with a stark choice.
 
That is a choice between the continuation of the government’s austerity programme of spending cuts that have starved public services that our members rely on of funding. A programme that gives tax breaks to the very wealthiest whilst school children go hungry. A programme that asks parents to pay teachers’ wages and where hospital beds can’t be found for patients left waiting in corridors. A programme that denies an entire generation access to a decent home while council house-building has been abandoned.
 
Or a choice for the alternative, a Labour Government, led by Jeremy Corbyn that delivers a new deal for workers and their families. An alternative that will launch a programme of council house building; introduce a £10 minimum wage; invest in infrastructure such as broadband; repeal the Trade Union Act; provide free school meals for primary school children; properly fund the NHS and social care; and overhaul employment rights to end exploitation at work.
 
This conference agrees that it is time to end the attacks by the Conservatives and put an end to austerity in this country by agreeing to support the Labour Party to deliver a better and fairer society for all.
 
This conference agrees that the CWU will immediately launch an all embracing campaign amongst our members to bring an end to the worst squeeze in living standards on record, to end the explosion of insecure employment and growing levels of in-work poverty and to campaign for the party that will ensure no one and no community is left behind.
 
We need to campaign for the party that will ensure that a Brexit settlement delivers for everyone and is not the race to the bottom that the Tories will deliver.
 
It is time for us to take back control, of our National Health Service, of care for our elderly, of an education for our children and for jobs and wages that allow people to live with dignity.
 
The pressure our members face in their workplaces, insecure employment, attacks on pensions, excessive workload or performance management demands that we need a new political settlement in this country.
 
This Conference agrees that the CWU will support only the Labour Party to deliver this fundamental change for all our futures.
 
 
Accordingly this Conference instructs the NEC to support CWU members and other trade unionists as candidates; co-ordinate Branches and Regions to campaign in target seats; work with other affiliated unions; and use all of our communications channels to make the case to CWU members and the public to vote for a Labour government.
 
 
 
 
 
The urgency of the situation determines that this campaign begins immediately following the close of CWU General Conference 2017.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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LTB 244/17 – GENERAL ELECTION – 8TH JUNE 2017

RoSPA Top Safety Award for CWU National Health and Safety Officer  

RoSPA Top Safety Award for CWU National Health and Safety Officer  
To: All Branches 
Dear Colleagues,
Communication Workers Union National Health, Safety and Environment Officer Dave Joyce has been recognised by the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) with the Society’s prestigious top award for individuals – the health and safety ‘Guardian Angel’ award. 
The top health and safety accolade is awarded to individuals who have made a demonstrable difference in the world of safety and injury prevention through their initiative, diligence, enthusiasm, commitment and preparedness to go the extra mile.
Dave is the first Trade Unionist to receive the award. Similarly he was the first Trade Unionist winner of the IOSH (Institute of Safety & Health) top award in 2011.
Dave received the award in recognition of his tireless work to promote a safer working environment for all and his outstanding record of achievements in workplace safety, road safety, public safety as well as improving safety representation and involvement for Union Safety Reps. In particular UK’s top safety body recognised Dave’s immeasurable accomplishments whilst single-handedly spearheading the CWU ‘Bite-Back’ campaign, resulting in significant Dangerous Dogs Law changes to protect thousands of CWU members as well as children and the public at large.
RoSPA’s President Lord McKenzie of Luton said “RoSPA is delighted to recognise the dedication of Dave Joyce with the RoSPA top individual Award. Dave is committed to fostering a safe working culture, not only thinking about the safety of those who he represents but also looking to improve safety in society and inspire others.” Errol Taylor, RoSPA Deputy Chief Executive & Strategic Partnerships Director said: “Dave’s inspirational on many levels and his self-motivation is remarkable.” 
Dave Ward CWU General Secretary said: “We are very proud of Dave’s achievement. Health and safety is extremely important to us and something we take very seriously so we are delighted that Dave is the first Trade Union winner of this prestigious award.” 
Dave Joyce was delighted that RoSPA had decided to recognise a Trade Unionist. He said of the ‘Bite-Back’ campaign “It was a long, hard road but I was under no illusions from the outset that a tough task and long climb lay ahead of me. There are many memories of the campaign. Meeting many of our injured and maimed members around the country motivated me to fight the cause but meeting many of the parents of children killed and mutilated in Dog Attacks was heartbreaking and an experience that will stay with me for the rest of my life.” 
The current Dog Control Laws in the UK owes much of Dave’s commitment, enthusiasm and leadership. Dave’s inspirational on many levels and his self-motivation is remarkable, campaigning for new Dog Control Laws for seven years, working tirelessly and never giving up until he succeeded. Not many people will achieve something of that magnitude. We will never know how many incidents that Dave will have prevented, and lives they have saved as a result of his work. Dave recently worked with IOSH on the ‘No Time To Lose’ Occupational Work-Cancer Campaign, regarding Sun Safety for CWU Members and worked with MIND the Mental Health Charity and Royal Mail on ‘Work-Stress’ and ‘Mental Health’ through “Time To Change”, introducing new assessment and support policies and has also been championing the TUC’s ‘Dying To Work’ charter, getting Royal Mail and BT to support the protocol and sign-up.  
RoSPA established the Award as a way of recognising exceptional individuals, whose commitment to safety, health and accident prevention is displayed through personal initiative, diligence and enthusiasm. RoSPA, a charity with a history stretching back a hundred years decided to introduce a special awards scheme for outstanding individuals in their field. 
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Photographs:
Dave Joyce and RoSPA President Lord Bill McKenzie at CWU Conference:
Errol Taylor, RoSPA Deputy Chief Executive & Strategic Partnerships Director presenting Dave Joyce with his award. 
Yours sincerely
 
Dave Joyce

National Health, Safety & Environment Officer
 
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LTB 243/17 RoSPA Top Safety Award for CWU National Health and Safety Officer

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Royal Mail Group – Person In Control (PiC) Health and Safety Role and Duties

Royal Mail Group – Person In Control (PiC) Health and Safety Role and Duties:
To: All Branches
Dear Colleagues,
As all CWU ASRs in Royal Mail Group will be aware, “Property & Facilities Week took place last week, with a number of tasks set to be completed by the end of the month but importantly it should be remembered that the activities set out in the activity week were about raising awareness and creating a focus on vitally important tasks that have to be undertaken and maintained throughout the year (not just for a week), as required under Health and Safety Legislation.
Going forward, it’s important that CWU Health and Safety Reps make use of the information now made available to them and to keep Person in Control (PiC) tasks constantly under review and regularly checked during their regular Health and Safety Inspections. The important information produced by RMG Property and Facilities Management is extremely helpful in that regard.
The purpose of this follow up LTB is to draw out the one page Person in Control (PiC) Guide (see copy attached) which Area Health and Safety Reps can inspect workplaces against for ongoing compliance.
PiCs and their deputies have the New PiC E-Learning Module and Asbestos Awareness Video Films available which they are instructed to undergo by the end of the month.
As the Person in Control (PiC) of a Royal Mail premises and site, the workforce depends on the PiC to help ensure that the property in which they work is kept safe and that emergencies are managed correctly.
The PiC has a huge responsibility for the safety, health and wellbeing of Royal Mail workers, contractors and visitors that use the office and site, including the general public who, for example, are visiting Royal Mail Enquiry/Caller’s Offices in ever increasing numbers.
Ensuring that the building and its external areas are safe is an essential part of this.
PiCs, who are new to the role of PiC need to build a routine that focuses on daily, weekly and monthly PiC tasks and learn to deal with emergencies correctly and efficiently as well as where to go if advice, support and assistance is required.
There are resources available from Royal Mail Property & Facilities Solutions (RMP&FS) to help PiCs including the ‘PiC Handbook’, ‘PiC e-learning modules’, the ‘SHE Task Calendar’, as well as the ‘Stay Calm’ manual which is the Royal Mail process guide for dealing with emergencies.
If PiCs need to speak to someone about property related issues or property safety concerns (including environmental issues such as fuel spills), then PiCs need to call the Property & Facilities Helpdesk on 0844 800 9191 and they will assist and afford appropriate help.
PiCs Responsibilities – in summary:
Stay Calm – managing and reporting emergency situations

Reporting Property Faults – via the Property & Facilities Helpdesk

Site Log Book – ensuring it is maintained, kept together and readily available

Fire Safety Management (daily housekeeping, appointing fire precaution officers (Marshals), annual fire risk reviews, weekly fire alarm tests, emergency lighting tests (minimum monthly), fire evacuation drills (minimum 12 monthly), personal emergency evacuation plans, premises fire evacuation plans) (all to be recorded in the Site Log Book)

Asbestos Management – knowing where asbestos is suspected (see the asbestos management plan in the Site Log Book or via the Compliance Records Database (CRD), reporting any suspected damage, ensuring Red Flag notices are adhered to).

Contractor Management – ensuring contractors sign in, read the health and safety information in the Site Log Book, have with them a job specific safe system of work (risk assessment and method statement) and Royal Mail’s Contractor Safety Guide, Challenge unsafe behaviours or conditions where necessary and report to the Property & Facilities Helpdesk.

Compliance Records Awareness – knowing where to find test certificates and maintenance records via the Compliance Records Database (CRD) – new user access can be obtained through rmwebsites@ndc-uk.co.uk.

Legionella Control – regular flushing of little used outlets (to be recorded in the Site Log Book).

Annual Property Inspection – supporting the assessors and closing out your actions via the Compliance Records Database (CRD).

Handover – ensuring adequate handover when you leave or change roles.

PiC Training Modules (via Success Factors):
Person in Control of Premises (NEW e-learning module)

Asbestos Awareness (e-learning module and NEW video)

Asbestos Duty to Manage (e-learning module)

Asbestos Projects (NEW video)

Fire Risk Assessment Review (e-learning module)

NOTE: It has been agreed that ASRs can access and undergo all RM e-learning RMPFS Courses
PiCs were instructed to undertake three tasks during the Property & Facilities Week, primarily:-
Pic Roles & Responsibilities – All PiC’s to ensure they are fully aware of and understand their responsibilities and how to report property related faults or incidents to the Property & Facilities Helpdesk. 

Compliance Records Database (CRD) and Site Log Book (SLB) – All PiCs to ensure they have access to the Compliance Records Database, know where to find information on their site and are up to date with their Annual Property Inspection actions and ensure the upkeep of the Site Log Book (SLB), and be aware that the new version of the Site Log Book will be rolled out in the next 12-18 months.

PiC Training – All PiCs to complete the New PiC E-Learning module on Success Factors and also watch the New Asbestos Awareness Film available on the on-demand screens. 

In conclusion, would all CWU Area Health and Safety Reps, supported by all Workplace Health and Safety Reps make use of this information, ensuring the PiC tasks are correctly undertaken and maintained at all RMG Offices/Units and use this information as and aid-memoire when dealing with accommodation issues when they arise.
Yours sincerely
Dave Joyce

National Health, Safety & Environment Officer
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Attachment 1 – LTB241/17 Royal Mail Group – Person In Control (PiC) Health and Safety Role and Duties:

Attachment 2 – Royal Mail Property and Facilities Week_PiC_Roles Responsibilities_v2 …

Election of CWU National Trustees – 2017  

Election of CWU National Trustees – 2017  
Further to LTB 206/17 dated 12th April 2017, at the close of nominations the following have been received: 
Postal Constituency – 2 Postal NEC Members  
Tony Bouch, Plymouth & East Cornwall

Nominated by Plymouth & East Cornwall
*Elected
Mick Kavanagh, South Midlands Postal

Nominated by South Midlands Postal
*Elected
Telecom & Financial Services Constituency – 2 TFS NEC Members
Karen Rose, South Wales

Nominated by South Wales
*Elected
Julia Upton, East Midlands

Nominated by East Midlands
*Elected
Any enquiries regarding this Letter to Branches should be addressed to the Senior Deputy General Secretary’s Department on telephone number 020 8971 7237, or email address sdgs@cwu.org. 
Yours sincerely,
TONY KEARNS

SENIOR DEPUTY GENERAL SECRETARY
 
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LTB 239/17 – Election of CWU Trustees 2017

Royal Mail LED Lighting Policy & Roll-Out – Health and Safety Concerns

Royal Mail LED Lighting Policy & Roll-Out – Health and Safety Concerns:
To: All Branches
Dear Colleagues,
The Health, Safety & Environment Department has received a number of enquiries from Health and Safety Representative regarding Royal Mail’s new lighting policy and the installation of LED Lighting in Offices across the UK.
The queries being raised are as a result of recent media reports referring to medical research indicating a possible link between LED Lighting and ill health effects. These articles report that Governments around the world are adopting the low-energy LED (Light-Emitting Diode) lighting in an effort to reduce energy consumption, reduce carbon emissions and cut costs. LED street lighting is being adopted in the US and UK and some Medical experts have expressed concerns that LEDs may be too bright or emit the wrong type of light which could have damaging health impacts on vision and sleep. The light values are far higher than compared with an incandescent bulb. However Medical researchers in Sweden compared the effects of caffeine and LED (blue light) on the brain and found them both to have a positive effect with people performing better under LED lighting. The conversion to LED is currently underway across the UK and for example in London, Lambeth Council has already installed 12,000 LED Street Lights. Trials of LED street lamps by Transport for London reported a largely positive response, but also recorded instances of people being dazzled by the lights which some say cause glare. Clearly more research is needed.
What is clear is that the reports are in the main concentrated on Street Lighting as opposed to lighting in buildings, homes, offices and workplaces.
The issue of LED Lighting has been raised with the Royal Mail Group Property & Facilities Solutions Property Risk & Compliance Management Team from where the concern was discussed with the Buildings Engineering Services and Energy design team and Technical Advisors who are dealing with the installation of LED lighting in Royal Mail Group buildings, Yards and Car Parks.
Royal Mail Property & Facilities Solutions made it clear to the CWU Health, Safety & Environment Department that there is no linkage between RMG lighting systems and LED Street Lights which are said to be possibly affecting sleep patterns and vision. Their technical design team responsible for the design and specification of LED lighting installations at a number of sites across the RMG estate confirmed that the LED luminaires used are UK manufactured in line with all relevant British Standards (including BS60598) for luminaire construction and the testing of LED luminaires (LM80) and that the installation meets current industry lighting guidelines. The LED luminaires were selected to match the lighting quality parameters already in existence with the fluorescent lighting scheme and also addressed the issue of maximum intensity. All optics used in the installation use high specification diffusing optics so that the direct intensity of the LED is never visible to anyone occupying the space. They wished to confirm that Royal Mail has invested in high quality LED luminaires that provide exceptional optical control to ensure the intensity of the luminaire is comparable to alternative light sources.
Attached is a copy of the response and statement on this matter from the Technical Director of Royal Mail Group’s suppliers “Whitecroft Lighting Limited” of Ashton-Under-Lyne for information.
Yours sincerely
Dave Joyce

National Health, Safety & Environment Officer
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Attachment 1 – LTB238/17 Royal Mail LED Lighting Policy & Roll-Out – Health and Safety Concerns:

Attachment 2 – Royal Mail Light Quality Statement Jan 17

CWU Conference 2017 Health & Safety Fringe Meeting Monday 24th April 2017 – “Better (Health, Safety and Environment) Regulation – Better For Who?” Guest Speaker Professor Steve Tombs

CWU Conference 2017 Health & Safety Fringe Meeting Monday 24th April 2017 – “Better (Health, Safety and Environment) Regulation – Better For Who?” Guest Speaker Professor Steve Tombs
To: All Branches 
Dear Colleagues, 
Over one hundred and twenty Communication Workers Union health and safety reps and branch officials packed the health safety and environment fringe meeting at the CWU’s Annual Conference in Bournemouth on Monday 24h April 2017. 
This year the delegates were delighted to hear from the excellent guest speaker Professor Steve Tombs (See attached Biography). 
Opening the meeting, CWU Health Safety and Environment Officer Dave Joyce, introduced Steve Tombs. Dave said that Steve is the former Chair of the ‘Centre For Corporate Accountability” and author of the ground-breaking research publication “Better Regulation-Better For Who” (See attached copy of the Report) which was published last year and revealed some shocking facts and findings which puts the spotlight on the lack of effective workplace health & safety, standards and regulation, pollution and food safety controls in the UK: In Bournemouth this week Professor Tombs made a special presentation of his report and updated findings to CWU Health and Safety Fringe meeting. Some headline statistics from the report show that there are:- 
29,000 UK annual deaths from airborne pollution.

1 million annual food borne illnesses resulting in 20,000 hospital admissions and 500 deaths.

50,000 deaths a year from work related injuries and health problems. 

These staggering figures are probably underestimates. The litany of lives shortened and health impaired to which these figures bear witness are also largely avoidable. 
Dave said that Steve’s publication breaks the silence, reflecting the Centre For Crime and Justice Studies commitment to informing public understanding of the role and limitations of criminal justice processes, the impact of deregulation, lack of enforcement, enforcement cuts at the HSE and LAs, the impact of outsourcing and privatisation and offers ideas on how the problems may be reduced and best regulated. 
Steve opened up by saying that he had spoken to a CWU Health and Safety meeting of senior Health and Safety Reps last year in Northampton and in his view CWU Safety Reps were the most informed he had come across. 
He then said his report which asks the question: “Better Regulation-Better For Who”? He said the short answer to that question is “not better for us!” 
Steve then said that the basic assumptions on “better regulation” are that most businesses comply with most regulations most of the time; enforcement resources should be targeted at the non-compliers, and for the most part involve advice not sanctions; regulatory reform and less enforcement are seen as key to a growth economy. 
However Steve said that some quantitative indicators for the period 2003/04 to 2014/15 showed something different:
For food safety and food hygiene (EHOs):
food hygiene inspections fell by 15%

food standards inspections fell by 35%

food prosecutions fell by 35%

For Environment Agency pollution control:
inspections fell by 52%

prosecutions fell by 54%

For Pollution Control EHOs:

inspections fell by 55% (to 2013/14)

notices fell by 30% (to 2013/14)

Steve went on to explain that the dominance of “Better Regulation” has been secured through a series of mutually supportive processes: 
A long term rhetorical assault on regulation as burdensome, red tape etc 
> Institutions within and of Government

> Legal reform: deregulation and re-regulation

> Reviews of Regulators and Regulation
Professor Tombs pointed out, the rate of inspection and enforcement actions for environmental health, food safety and hygiene, and health and safety have all been falling. In the case of health and safety inspections by local authorities, for instance, the average business can now expect to be visited only once in every 20 years.
Enforcement Officers quantitative indicators
Health and Safety Executive (FoD):
numbers of inspectors fell by 34%

inspections fell by 69%

total notices fell by 23%

prosecutions fell by 35%

Health and Safety EHOs:
numbers of inspectors fell by 35%

total inspections fell by 69%

preventative inspections fell by 96%

total notices fell by 58%

prosecutions fell by 60%

Steve added that this is not just a problem of infrequent inspections and lax enforcement. In the name of cutting red tape, governments of all political persuasions have, for over a decade, undermined independent and effective business regulation. Budget cuts under the austerity programme have compounded the problem. So too have moves to outsource and privatise regulatory and enforcement activity.
Private companies are increasingly involved in ‘regulating’ themselves. Taken together, Professor Tombs argues, these changes may ‘mark the beginning of the end of the state’s commitment to, and ability to deliver, social protection’.
We are taught that the greatest harms faced by citizens are crimes dealt with by the police, courts and other criminal justice agencies. Professor Tombs’ Briefing makes clear that this is far from the case.
The harms he writes about are the result of political and economic decisions. They are not random happenings. The story the Report tells is one of ‘avoidable business-generated, state facilitated violence: social murder. And, quite remarkably, it proceeds, daily – met only by academic, political and popular silence’.
The Report which breaks the silence on these issues reflects the ‘Centre for Crime and Justice Studies’ commitment to informing public understanding of the role and limitations of criminal justice processes, and to fostering a greater knowledge of the harms faced by citizens, and of how they might best be regulated and reduced. Regulation these days is widely derided, a dirty word now by the Tory Government, equated with ‘red tape’, unnecessary rules, burdens and bureaucracy. Yet we would do well to recall that regulation of business emerged ostensibly to provide some levels of ‘social protection’ for workers, consumers and communities from the worst excesses of the industrial revolution. Thus, the regulatory agencies formed in Victorian Britain created the basis of regulatory regimes through to the present day while social protection through regulation probably reached its high point in the 1970s/80s – early 90’s, then, the emergence of neo-liberalism provided the context for a concerted attack on regulation in the name of freeing business from the burdens of red tape. As Steve Tombs report sets out, in the past 15 years, virtually without political, public nor academic comment, this ‘social protection state’ has been radically transformed. Specifically:
Regulation now proceeds virtually without enforcement, a result of a political initiative, ‘Better Regulation’, rolled out by Labour, Coalition and Conservative Governments

The politics of anti-regulation have been overlain by the economics of austerity

Austerity has particularly impacted upon regulation and enforcement at the level of local authorities

Private businesses are increasingly involved in the business of regulation

The agencies of social protection – such as the national Health and Safety Executive or Local Authority Environmental Health Offices – have been radically transformed to the extent that they are either unable to perform their statutory duties, or now perform protection for rather than from business, or both.

Overall, these developments have left workers, consumers and local communities more vulnerable to business-generated harms while exacerbating economic and social inequalities. Steve talked about a case study of Merseyside: a snapshot of enforcement capacity at 2015 where he said that funding for local authority services had been progressive under at least the first two New Labour Governments but from 2009/2010, local government funding from Westminster came under pressure. Coalition and Tory Government cuts impacted most heavily upon poorer Local Authorities. He quoted (Sparrow, 2014): 
“Councils covering the 10 most deprived areas of England – measured according to the index of multiple deprivation – are losing £782 on average per household, while authorities covering the richest areas are losing just £48 on average. Hart District Council in Hampshire, the least deprived local authority, is losing £28 per household, while in Liverpool District B, the most deprived area, the figure is £807.” Steve also spoke about a case study of Merseyside which demonstrated the effects of cuts.
Steve then discussed the effects of the Primary Authority Scheme which made it more difficult for Local Authority EHOs to enforce in their own areas. 
Steve went on to say that “Better Regulation” is not just about less enforcement but about re-casting the relationship between the state and the private sector:
Regulators need “to see themselves in a different light in relation to business, to reposition themselves in terms of businesses” (BRDO)

“We need to be more business friendly and get our customer focus right” (EHO)

“Increasingly we’re told that our main job is to facilitate business, industry and so on” (EHO)

At local level, it is a de-democratising process. 
Overall, it is dismantling a system of regulation – social protection – which was put into place from the 1830s onwards and that there is no logical end point to “Better Regulation.” Steve concluded by warning that Food Standard Agencies are considering privatizing the enforcement of Food Safety and asked the question: “How much better can ‘Better Regulation’ get”? 
Dave Joyce summed up the meeting and thanked Steve Tombs for his interesting and informative talk to the CWU Health and Safety Fringe meeting. 
Attachments:-
Professor Steve Tombs CV.

“Better Regulation – Better For Who? Report by Professor Steve Tombs.

Prof. Steve Tombs Power Point Presentation to CWU Conference 2017 Health & Safety Fringe Meeting.

‘Flyer’ For H&S Fringe Meeting 24/04/2017.

Photograph of Dave Joyce and Prof Steve Tombs at the 2017 CWU Conference H&S Fringe Meeting. 

Yours sincerely
 
Dave Joyce

National Health, Safety & Environment Officer
 
 
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LTB 237/17 CWU Conference 2017 Health & Safety Fringe Meeting Monday 24th April 2017 (1)

Better Regulation Report – Prof Steve Tombs

Steve Tombs Power Point Presentation

Fringe Meetin Picture

Fringe Meeting Flyer 240417

New CWU Website – Update

New CWU Website – Update
 
Dear colleagues, 
 
Many representatives would have visited the Communications Department stall at Annual Conference this week. We have been talking branches through some of the initial plans for the new CWU website. 
We have taken the decision to start from scratch. Attached are some screenshots that will give you a visual of the look and feel of the new site. You will see we have gone for a far cleaner image. These pages are merely impressions at the moment and many use stock photos which we will change in the coming weeks. Also attached is some commentary and rational behind the focus for each new section. 
 
In addition, we have dramatically improved the search engine within the site with a google type approach which will start to give answers as you type. We have also included a separate LTB search engine in the member’s section for a more robust service in this area, which I know will please many. 
 
The link below will take you to a demo page for the new homepage. This is for desktops only. The mobile version is in development. If you click the link on your PC, tablet or laptop, please set the zoom appropriately to get the full effect of what we are trying to achieve. You will note we have chosen a video to play in the background. We feel this freshens up the homepage and gives a dynamic feel. We will clearly have a more refined video for the launch. This will also be useful for when we are running key campaigns because we can shoot short videos and constantly change the look of the homepage. 
 
http://cwu.futurebuildingdev.com/
 
The next step for the project is to commence the build. During this period we will be testing the site at various points with the support of individuals and branches who have volunteered to assist us. 
 
Finally, barring any major issues we are aiming for a June / July formal launch for the new website. Once it is up and running we will again take further feedback from CWU HQ Departments, branches and members to ensure that, together we we produce the best possible shop window for union. 
 
I can assure all branches as I finish this LTB, there is not a single bin in sight. 
 
Kind regards
 
Chris Webb
Head of Communications, Engagement and Media
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LTB 236/17 – New CWU Website

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The UK Work Stress Network Annual Conference 2017 – Hillscourt Conference, Centre, Rednal, Birmingham B45 8RS – Saturday 25th & Sunday 26th November 2017 “Challenging Poor Employment Practices – Work-Stress In An Increasingly Demanding Work Environment”

The UK Work Stress Network Annual Conference 2017 – Hillscourt Conference, Centre, Rednal, Birmingham B45 8RS – Saturday 25th & Sunday 26th November 2017 “Challenging Poor Employment Practices – Work-Stress In An Increasingly Demanding Work Environment”
To: All Branches
Dear Colleagues, 
The UK Work Stress Network has announced that their Annual Conference 2017 will take place at the Hillscourt Conference Centre, Rednal, Birmingham B45 8RS on Saturday 25th & Sunday 26th November 2017. 
In line with CWU Conference Policy, the CWU is proud to announce its continued support and increased sponsorship of both the UK Work Stress Network Conference and the New Edition on the organisation’s excellent “Work Stress Handbook” Publication, due to be published later this year. 
The UK National Work-Stress Network is a Trade Unionist led organisation which is committed to the eradication of the causes of work-related stress and associated illnesses. It campaigns to advance this aim through its involvement with the Hazards Campaign and in conjunction with the TUC, European organisations and within UK Trade Union structures.
The Network calls for:-
Employers, Company Directors and Managers at all levels to acknowledge their duty of care and for their acceptance of their health and safety responsibilities to the workforce;

Legislation and enforcement procedures to outlaw all forms of workplace stress, bullying and victimisation; also to ensure full corporate liability for workplace injury; and

the creation of a caring, supportive workplace culture with ‘Dignity at Work’ for all and for worker sensitive procedures for all.

The Network consists of many hundreds of like-minded people, some of whom have suffered the consequences of work-related stress. Amongst them are experienced caseworkers, counsellors, occupational health workers, Trades Union lay and paid officers and those who are just determined to see effective management which recognises the needs of the workforce as well as of business. 
The Conference will Examine Working lives becoming much more complex and Stressful! Working life is becoming more complex from all angles. Following the EU referendum result we face an uncertain future for the country, employment and business. Employment and other laws originating from the EU, once transferred into UK law, will almost certainly face dilution or even removal, under another Conservative Government. Health & Safety laws are still in place but many employers disregard or are ignorant of the HSE Stress Management Standards. 
The Prime Minister has flagged up a greater need for better care and support particularly for Mental Health at a time when the NHS is struggling to keep up, and no extra money seems to be forthcoming. Pressures on public services continue to remain high under the enduring austerity regime. Workers face increasing demands on their time and skills.
There is relentless change at work, which in itself is intensely fatiguing. 
Recent research has shown that those with disabilities suffer disadvantage at a range of levels – all of which increases stress levels. 
Are you a young worker dealing with the brave new world of zero hours contracts, coping with the demands of more than one employer? Are you are a middle aged worker coping with the pressures of being both a worker and a parent to children (younger and older) at home? Are you the carer of elderly parents? Or are you an older worker having to work much longer then you had ever anticipated? Working life is becoming more complex from both ends of the age spectrum.
Young workers

Older aging workers

Zero Hours Contracts

Doing two jobs

Working and parenting

Working and being a carer

Long hours of work

Manual work demands

Whichever applies, the world of work has never been more stressful.
A greater recognition of mental health issues is very welcome and brings increased responsibilities for employers. It also brings more challenges for our work as health and safety stewards. 
This conference will examine the impacts of mental health issues at work as we move through our careers that are being extended every year! We will examine new research on specific age groups, what problems are being identified. We will explore strategies that we can promote to improve working life for those with mental health issues in the workplace. 
Conference Programme Outline: 
FRIDAY EVENING – Registration, meeting the Stress Network Team and Networking SATURDAY MORNING – Panel of speakers with Q&A session
SPEAKERS PANEL INCLUDES
Peter Kelly, HSE Senior Psychologist – Management Standards confirmed
Professor Gail Kinman, Univ. of Bedfordshire Change fatigue confirmed
Professor Ralph Fevre, University of Cardiff – Workplace disability confirmed
Matilda MacAttram, Black Mental Health UK invited
Janine Booth RMT and Independent speaker – Mental Health issues confirmed 
SATURDAY AFTERNOON & SUNDAY MORNING WORKSHOP SESSIONS
Topics to include Mental Health First Aid; Ageism in the Workplace; Mental Health Policies at Work; Excessive Work Demand; Stress Risk Management; Presenteeism; Suicide Intervention and more. 
UK National Work-Stress Network Contact details:-
Ian Draper (Network Coordinator) UK National Work-Stress Network 9 Bell Lane Syresham BRACKLEY NN13 5HP Tel 07966-196033 E-mail: iandraper@nasuwt.net Website: WWW.WORKSTRESS.NET  
This conference is aimed at Health & Safety Representatives, Trades Union Officials and Shop Stewards, Human Resources and Health & Safety Specialists and Stress Management Consultants. 
An Electronic copy of the Booking Form is attached in pdf format. Hard copies will also be distributed to Regional Health and Safety Forums. 
This is a very popular annual event – book early to secure a place. 
Yours sincerely
 
Dave Joyce

National Health, Safety & Environment Officer
Email Attachments – Click to download
LTB 235/17 The UK Work Stress Network Annual Conference 2017

Stress Conference Booking Form

CWU Conference 2017 – Health & Safety Fringe Meeting Monday 24th April 2017 – “Better (Health, Safety and Environment) Regulation – Better For Who?” – Guest Speaker Professor Steve Tombs 

CWU Conference 2017 – Health & Safety Fringe Meeting Monday 24th April 2017 – “Better (Health, Safety and Environment) Regulation – Better For Who?” – Guest Speaker Professor Steve Tombs 

 
 
See attached flyer for the 2017 CWU Annual Conference Health and Safety Fringe Meeting and also attached biography of our guest speaker Professor Steve Tombs of the Open University.
Author of the ground-breaking research publication “Better Regulation-Better For Who” Steve revealed some shocking facts and findings:-
29,000 UK annual deaths from airborne pollution.

1 million annual foodborne illnesses resulting in 20,000 hospital admissions and 500 deaths.

50,000 deaths a year from work related injuries and health problems.

 
His publication breaks the silence, reflecting the Centre For Crime and Justice Studies commitment to informing public understanding of the role and limitations of criminal justice processes, the impact of deregulation, lack of enforcement, enforcement cuts at the HSE and LAs, the impact of outsourcing and privatisation and offers ideas on how the problems may be reduced and best regulated.
Between 100 – 150 delegates attend the popular H&S Fringe Meeting at CWU Conference every year – please join us today at lunch time – all welcome.
 
Yours sincerely
 
Dave Joyce
National Health, Safety & Environment Officer
Email Attachments – Click to download
CWU Conference 2017 – Health & Safety Fringe Meeting Monday 24th April 2017 – “Better (Health, Safety and Environment) Regulation – Better For Who?” – Guest Speaker Professor Steve Tombs