Branch Political Officers Report for Branch Committee Meeting 24th October 2017
CWU Four Pillars Campaign
As reported in my report to the September meeting, the campaign is now turning political, Fiona Onasayna MP for Peterborough wrote to Moya Greene on behalf of the branch in September and is still awaiting a reply.
On 6th October I wrote to all the Conservative MP’s within the branch please see attached letter, as of today 24th October, the only reply that has been received is an acknowledgment slip from John Hayes in South Holland & The Deepings.
My letter has now been used as a template for the whole of the Eastern Region, and I am currently working on one for the members to send to their MP.
East of England Trade Union Liaison Organisation (TULO)
TULO is an organisation where all Labour Party affiliated Trade Unions, come together and work with the Labour Party at Regional and Local Level.
Over the past year Paul Moffat, CWU Regional Secretary and Myself, as Regional Chair, have been working closely with Jo Cox National TULO and the Labour Party Regional Office, to make TULO fit for purpose.
On Monday 9th October 2017 the first regional TULO meeting of unions for over a year was held in the East of England Labour Party Office in Harlow.
The meeting agreed that Vaughn West from the GMB would be the Secretary and Paul Moffat CWU would be Chair, the meeting also set dates for the coming year, the next meeting will be at Labour Party Eastern Regional Conference in Huntingdon in November and then two weeks before the Labour Regional Board meeting so that we can submit motions and reports to the Board.
Hopefully this will be a new dawn for TULO in the East and the unions and Labour can join up and work together politically.
Peterborough Trades Union Council (PTUC)
I attended the Executive meeting of PTUC on Thursday 11th November and the Full meeting on Thursday 19th October, both meetings were held at Unite Offices in Church Walk at 1900.
At both meetings I gave a full update on the Four Pillars Campaign and the Full Committee posed for photographs, with the I SUPPORT MY POSTAL WORKER posters, I shared these on social media.
We have the full support of PTUC and some delegates have already downloaded and displayed the poster in their house windows.
Also discussed at length at both meetings was the proposed English Defence League (EDL) march and demonstration in Peterborough on Saturday 24th October.
PTUC organised a counter protest with the help of Unite Against Fascism (UAF) and most of the meeting was understandably given over to the organising of the event.
Russian Revolution to celebrate the revolution PTUC are holding a public meeting on Saturday 11th November 2017 at the Broadway Theatre, this event will start at 1600 with speakers, giving talks on Greece, Turkey and of course the Russian Revolution.
There will be live music from 1900, entry to this event is FREE , there will be a bar serving real ale sadly that’s not free, The CWU have been offered a stall to handout information on our dispute.
Kings Lynn & District Trades Council
A March and Rally has been organised by the Trades Council and Unison for Saturday 28th October Britain Needs a Pay Rise, please see attached poster and minutes from the last meeting.
Wisbech, March & District Trades Council
Please see attached newsletter from the Trades Council.
Peterborough Constituency Labour Party
The CLP continue to hold street stalls every other Saturday in Bridge Street outside the Red Labour gazebo can be found outside W H Smiths, the next stall should be this Saturday, if you are in town call in and have a chat.
Peterborough CLP TULO as the CLP TULO Officer, I have now been able to get a near full list of union branches within Peterborough, and I am in the process of organising what will be a historic meeting, of Peterborough Trade Unions and Peterborough’s Labour MP. This will be the first of its kind for over 12 years, it will be one delegate per Union plus one Regional Official.
South & East Branch of the CLP held a fund-raising dinner on Friday 20th October with the quest speaker Jon Ashworth Shadow Health Secretary.
North & Rural Branch Due to family commitments the branch secretary has all but stood down, so the branch has a stand in secretary Caroline Earle, Caroline is trying to organise the AGM for November and organise a Christmas Social. Once I have details of these events I will circulate them.
South West Norfolk Constituency Labour Party
SWN CLP covers Downham Market and Swaffham, the CLP have contacted me and said that the Downham Market branch has passed a motion to support Postal workers in any way they can during our dispute with the business.
The same motion was going to be put at the Swaffham meeting, they have given me the dates for the forthcoming meetings and invited the branch to speak at the s
Huntingdon Constituency Labour Party
Darrell Herd CWU Representative at St Neots has taken over as the TULO Officer for the CLP, and has agreed to send me reports and updates from the meetings, Darrell has found the same problems I have found in Peterborough, there are little, or no records of affiliated unions so is having to start from nothing. I have offered Darrell and the CLP help if they need it.
Model CLP Motion
CWU Headquarters issued last night a model motion for branches to move at CLP meetings, on the Four Pillars Campaign, I will send this to the CLP’s within the branch and ask them to carry the motion.
I will move it at Peterborough CLP this Friday.
South East Regional TUC (SERTUC)
Paul Moffat CWU Eastern Regional Secretary and Myself as CWU Eastern Regional Chair attended SERTUC on Saturday 21st October, the meeting was held at Congress House London with a 1000 start.
We had presentations from
Norfolk Branch of Unison Police Staff on the decision by Norfolk Police to axe all PCSO’s by next March, this is to save money.
Helen Mercer from People v PFI who gave a very comprehensive report on PFI.
Dr Francisco Dominguez from the Venezuela Solidarity Campaign gave an update on what is happening in Venezuela.
We then had a speaker called Tom Holliday who is a young person taking strike action against McDonalds, Tom told us that there are 85,000 people employed by the company on zero-hour contracts and minimum wage.
He explained that the company are using bullying tactics in stores where the workers are union members, they are not allowed to speak to a union member, mention the words zero-hour, minimum wage even in conversations with customers. If court, they face disciplinary action.
As he finished his speech he received a standing ovation back to his seat.
Paul Moffat gave SERTUC an update on our dispute, we have the backing of every Trade Union in the South and East.
Branch Political Officer