CWU ASRs/RMG SHE Team National FFG – European H&S Week Joint SHE Event, Phoenix Centre, Mount Pleasant, London – Monday 16th October 2017

CWU ASRs/RMG SHE Team National FFG – European H&S Week Joint SHE Event, Phoenix Centre, Mount Pleasant, London – Monday 16th October 2017

To: All Branches with Members in RMG

Dear Colleagues,

As part of European Health & Safety Week, supported by the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work, a Joint RM/CWU SHE Event took place on 16/10/17 at the Phoenix Centre, RM Mount Peasant. It was followed by the Allan St. John Holt Memorial Health & Safety Lecture. LTB 548/17 refers.

The event was attended by CWU ASRs as well as Dr Shaun Davis, Global Director of Safety, Health, Wellbeing & Sustainability and members of the RMG SHE Team. Attached to this LTB for information is the Agenda, as well as the slides from the day.

Yours sincerely

Dave Joyce

National Health, Safety & Environment Officer

17LTB559 CWU ASRs RMG SHE Team National FFG – European H&S Week Joint SHE Event, Phoenix Centre, Mount Pleasant, London – Monday 16th October 2017

16th October Event Agenda

Slides from 16th October part 1

Slides from 16th October part 2

Slides from 16th October part 3

SHE Event (16102017) (SHEMS New perspective) (v 1.0)

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Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) – 10th Anniversary Event – ‪15th November 2017‬, NEC Birmingham

Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) – 10th Anniversary Event – 15th November 2017, NEC Birmingham

To: All Branches

Dear Colleagues,

This year marks the 10th anniversary of Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) being launched across England. In the last ten years MHFA England has delivered MHFA training to over 200,000 people in England – an amazing milestone! To celebrate this milestone, MHFA England is holding an event on Wednesday November 15th at the National Conference Centre (NCC) in Birmingham.

With over 500 delegates attending, the day will be filled with informative and celebratory presentation talks, workshops and exhibitions from a range of organisations working in mental health to commemorate the work MHFA England has achieved in the last decade.

This informative event is about thanking MHFA instructors, MH First Aiders and the friends and supporters of MHFA for helping to raise awareness and spread the word about Mental Health First Aid across England and internationally over the past ten years which includes the CWU Health, Safety and Environment Department who have been invited to the event.

The day will be presented by ITV news presenter Sameena Ali-Khan and will begin with keynote speeches from MHFA England CEO, Poppy Jaman, and from inspirational mental health campaigners Jonny Benjamin and Neil Laybourn who will be sharing their unique story.

This will be followed by an awards ceremony where they will recognise the achievements of MHFA instructors over the last ten years.

There will be an exhibition space with leading mental health organisations, including MHFA, ‘MIND’, Action for Happiness, Department Store for the Mind, Royal British Legion and many more.

There will be a Q&A session where attendees can put their questions to the Board of Directors of MHFA England. The purpose of this LTB is that MHFA have informed us that there are a limited number of tickets still remaining for MH First Aiders and friends and supporter organisations of MHFA to attend the event.

If any CWU MH First Aider would like to attend please email Jordan Simcock, MHFA Events Administrator, on events@mhfaengland.org with your details as soon as possible as places are limited (the MHFA communication arrived today).

The event is free to attend and will include a complimentary lunch. Remaining places are strictly limited and will be allocated on a first come first served basis.

Yours sincerely

Dave Joyce

National Health, Safety & Environment Officer

17LTB558 Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) – 10th Anniversary Event – 15th November 2017, NEC Birmingham

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SHOW RACISM THE RED CARD – “WEAR RED DAY” ‪ON FRIDAY 20th OCTOBER 2017‬

SHOW RACISM THE RED CARD – “WEAR RED DAY” ON FRIDAY 20th OCTOBER 2017

The CWU has been a longstanding supporter of Show Racism the Red Card (SRtRC) and our links with the organisation has been an integral part of our wider strategy to combat racism in the workplace and in society.

We are delighted to take up the campaign again and join other trade unions in promoting ‘Wear Red Day’, which is taking place this Friday 20th October 2017. We would like to remind everyone of the support we need from all our representatives to make “Wear Red Day” a huge success.

So – this Friday we are asking everyone in the CWU to wear Red.

The aim of this specific campaign is to take the message of anti-racism directly into schools and colleges. In addition to the importance of educating children and young people on anti-racism, SRtRC need vital funds to help them continue their excellent work. I would be grateful if Branches could consider making a donation to this fantastic project. Further information on how you can do this is attached to this letter.

Show Racism the Red Card is hoping for mass publicity on the day and the CWU will be helping to create a ‘twitter storm’ where people supporting the campaign will be invited to share their pictures using the #WRD17 – and wearing their red tops.

The CWU is committed to continuing our work in challenging racism both in the workplace and in wider society and your support across the country is very much appreciated.

Any further enquiries regarding this LTB should be directed to gsoffice@cwu.org

 

Yours sincerely

 

Dave Ward

General Secretary

17LTB556 – Show Racism the Red Card

WRD17+Flyer

WRD17+Fundraising Pack

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40 Years of Trade Union Safety Representatives

40 Years of Trade Union Safety Representatives

To: All Branches

Dear Colleagues,

It’s 40 years since trade union health and safety representatives had a legal right under the 1977 SRSC Regulations to improve health and safety in the workplace.

The TUC and all UK Trade Unions have decided mark this important anniversary and celebrate the difference Safety Reps have made to workplaces up and down the country.

The Safety Representatives and Safety Committees Regulations 1977 is the primary piece of regulation covering union health and safety representatives and is, along with the parent act, the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974, one of the most important pieces of legislation for unions working on health and safety. It has also had a huge effect in saving lives and preventing injury and illness.

It’s often forgotten that union health and safety representatives are volunteers doing the job because we want to actually make a difference in the workplace so UK Unions, including the CWU, will use the occasion to celebrate the massive difference Union Safety Reps have made.

The TUC intends to use the 40th anniversary of the regulations to celebrate our Union Health and Safety Representatives. The TUC will be running a campaign which will launch on Wednesday 25thOctober 2017, (National Inspection Day) and finish on Workers’ Memorial Day on 28th April 2018.

Although much of the campaign will be grounded in celebrating the past successes of Union Safety Representatives, it will also focus on the future, making the case for Union involvement in health and safety over the coming 40 years.

We know that Unions make a huge difference as has been shown in TUC publication “The Union Effect”. However the TUC has appealed to Unions to help with compiling case studies of how Safety Reps have successfully used the 1977 Safety Reps Regulations as Health and Safety Reps in the workplace to make a difference over the past 40 years. They intend to compile 40 case studies shared between all the Unions and I can inform Branches that a number of CWU Safety Rep case studies have been selected from those submitted to be included in this compilation.

Over the next few months the TUC will be publishing different material that can show members and employers the real difference that Unions and their Safety Reps make.

Further reports will be published in due course.

Yours sincerely

Dave Joyce

National Health, Safety & Environment Officer

17LTB557 40 Years of Trade Union Safety Representatives

40 Years Of Safety Reps Poster

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Royal Mail Group Environment Management – Waste Report July-August 2017

Royal Mail Group Environment Management – Waste Report July-August 2017

To: All Branches

Dear Colleagues,

Please see attached the Royal Mail Environment Management Reports on Waste Management and Waste Data Trends. The reports provide a summary of the waste streams indicating that general waste to landfill has increased, and diverted general waste has decreased, for the third month in a row. Paper door-to-door and cardboard has seen a consistent downward trend since winter 2016-17. Apart from a spike in metal between March and May 2017, other waste streams are fluctuating within what RME tell us are expected limits. Efforts continue to reduce waste to landfill and increase diverted waste and recycling.

The scale of RM operations means the organisation will inevitably have a significant environmental impact. Royal Mail’s stated policy is that sustainable management of natural resources is a commercial imperative as well as an environmental one. Reducing Royal Mail Group’s environmental impact is a key part of their ongoing business transformation with environmental considerations a fundamental part of how Royal Mail does business, through influencing people’s behaviour, aiming for continuous improvements across sites and operations and identifying and addressing environmental issues resulting from the business’s activities.

The RMG environmental strategy focuses on the following four aims:

• Energy: reducing energy use in fleet and property to cut greenhouse gas emissions;

• Waste: minimising the amount of waste created and diverting more waste from landfill;

• Water: reducing demand for water and the amount of water that is lost or wasted on RMG premises; and

• Customers and suppliers: working with customers and suppliers to address Royal Mail’s environmental impacts.

Environment Management and Governance

The RMG Environment Governance Board (EGB) is made up of senior leaders from business areas with material environmental impacts. The EGB approves RM’s environment strategy, reviews plans and drives performance. This includes leading the integration of the Safety, Health and Environment (SHE) management system. The RMG environment management system is aligned to the ISO14001 model for environmental management. Currently, 14 of the largest Royal Mail sites are individually accredited to ISO14001, as are all of the Parcelforce Worldwide sites and all GLS sites.

Yours sincerely

Dave Joyce

National Health, Safety & Environment Officer

17LTB555 Royal Mail Group Environment Management – Waste Report July-August 2017

Royal Mail Waste Report – August 2017

Royal Mail Waste Data Trends Jul-Aug 17

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Four Pillars Bulletin No20 No Justice- No Peace

BULLETIN #20 Friday 13th October 2017 NO JUSTICE – NO PEACE The massive YES vote in our ballot was a shock to Royal Mail Group and all external opinion formers. It demonstrates a huge vote of no-confidence in the way our business is being run and the way RMG treat their employees. The sheer size of the union’s mandate and solidarity has forced them to run to the High Court to seek an injunction to stop our planned strike and force us into external mediation. This was a cynical misinterpretation of our agreement and a desperate last throw of a redundant management leadership who failed miserably to honour and deliver our agreement in full. Clearly if they desired external mediation it should have been proposed before our ballot but given the laws of our land and the establishment in this country are Anti-Trade Union the ruling was no surprise. However, it was evident that even the Judge was impressed with the ballot result and expressed an opinion that you would only request or force external mediation if you believed it would make a difference. But it will not – unless management significantly change their position and do the right agreement with this union. So there is huge pressure on RMG now, there will be pressure from customers and shareholders to resolve this dispute and there is the massive pressure of knowing that our ballot is still live and intact and that notice will be given for further industrial action if an agreement is not reached. The business have to listen to the voice of CWU members, they have to acknowledge that the culture in the workplace has to change. Our members will not accept a continuation in the way they are being treated and spoken to in the workplace. This dispute and our ballot is about changing the direction and attitude of management, it’s about your job, standard of living and pension security and it’s about protecting this great public service – it is not about strike action for the sake of it. We understand that feelings are running extremely high and that people would have found a two day strike protest therapeutic, but hold on to the anger and determination to change things because industrial action could very much still happen. However, we remain committed to achieving the best agreement for you. We have never been in a stronger position in these negotiations as we are now and if management fail to change their position in the mediation process then further strike action will be called. YOU PICKED THE RIGHT SIDE THIS DISPUTE IS FAR FROM OVER, WE WILL CONTINUE CAMPAIGNING KEEP VOICING YOUR SUPPORT AND WE WILL WIN.

Message from Deputy Branch Secretary Luke Smith

Dear Colleagues,

The Branch are naturally disappointed with the decision of the High Court to grant an injunction to stop the upcoming strikes on the 19th to the 21st of October.

But our message to all of you is that nothing has changed. The Business are hell bent on attacking our pay, our pensions, our working patterns and driving the service we offer into the ground.

And the members of this Branch, by an overwhelming majority rejected all of this in a fair and free ballot.

All that has happened is that Royal Mail’s senior management have delayed the inevitable strike action that will take place if they continue to refuse to come up with a fair and reasonable deal.

This only goes to prove that Royal Mail were not negotiating in good faith and were seeking only to string things out to fight the union at a time of their choosing.

Let’s make sure when that time comes, all that is happened is they have chosen a different time to get soundly defeated by the strength of 110,000 postal workers united by a common cause.

The ballot is still completely valid and the CWU have applied to the High Court to have the external mediation commence immediately and the length of the validity of the ballot extended to fall in line with the end of any external mediation as well.

The Branch has been asked to attend a National Briefing on the 19th of October for an update on the situation and next steps. As soon as this happens, we will communicate with you by all possible means, which may also include a further a round of gate meetings.

Of course, there is always the possibility that we won’t be able to achieve a fair settlement through sensible negotiations, and if this is the case, and we have to achieve this through adversity, then whatever happens, if we stick together, if we stay strong, and if we remain united we will achieve our aims.

Luke Smith

Deputy Branch Secretary

Eastern no 5

Royal Mail Group dispute – High Court judgment and National Briefing

Royal Mail Group dispute – High Court judgment and National Briefing

The purpose of this LTB is to provide an update on developments in the Royal Mail dispute, after the CWU and Royal Mail were in the High Court earlier today. We can advise branches, representatives and members that Royal Mail was successful in its application for an interim injunction, which the union strongly opposed in court.

The interim injunction instructs the union to withdraw the notice of planned strike action next week and to enter into further external mediation, which would need to conclude before the union can call any further action. Following a decision of the union’s Postal Executive we will be complying with the terms of the interim injunction and a letter has been sent to Royal Mail confirming this and withdrawing the notice for strike action on 19th – 21st October.

Accordingly all branches must, with immediate effect, deploy all means at their disposal including on CWU noticeboards, email, text messages, social media e.g. branch, Facebook and twitter accounts, to inform all members that the industrial action called for the 19th, 20th and 21st October 2017 inclusive is cancelled.

In defending the case in court, while we firmly believe Royal Mail to be abusing the terms of our agreement, it has become clear that the legal test for obtaining an injunction turns upon which party is likely to suffer the greatest financial damage in the event that it is either granted or denied.

The CWU is extremely disappointed at the ruling and we have no doubt our members and representatives will feel the same way. Following 18 months of negotiations, including external mediation, the company’s actions are nothing more than a desperate delaying tactic from a board who are increasingly out of touch with the views of its workforce.

It is now crucial that all our representatives and members see today’s ruling in the context of the wider dispute. Legal proceedings and Royal Mail’s court room politics will not solve the company’s problems. The union has nothing to fear from mediation and unless there is significant movement from the company on a range of issues and a satisfactory agreement is concluded, the union will be calling further strike action once the mediation process has been completed. Furthermore, we will not allow Royal Mail to string out the process beyond the required period.

In light of these developments the union is calling a national briefing on Thursday 19th October next week at the TUC where we will provide a full update on the legal proceedings and set out our next steps. Branches are asked to make attendance at this a priority.

We recognise that today’s ruling will be viewed as a setback. However, we believe that once the dust has settled our members’ attitude towards the employer will harden. Furthermore, the result makes us more determined than ever to hold the company to account and deliver an excellent agreement for CWU members that achieves our objectives. In this regard we know our members will continue to support the union in whatever steps we need to take.

Any enquiries regarding the legal proceedings should be addressed to gsoffice@cwu.org
Any queries in relation to next week’s national briefing and the wider dispute should be addressed

to the Deputy General Secretary (Postal) – tpullinger@cwu.org

Yours sincerely

Dave Ward Tony Kearns Terry Pullinger

General Secretary Senior Deputy General Secretary Deputy General Secretary (P)

Eastern No 5 Branch SPECIAL REPORT 13/10/17

Eastern No 5 Branch

SPECIAL REPORT

The industrial action planned for 1100am Thursday 19th October to 1100am Saturday 21st October has been cancelled!

Colleagues the LTB below in red, which has gone on display around the building has come from CWU HQ explaining how events took place yesterday in the courts and calls for a national briefing Thursday next week.

Although it’s disappointing Royal Mail won the injunction and successfully stopped us taking industrial action next week you must take the positives out of what has happened.

In fact, when you think about it, we have achieved part of what we set out to achieve without having to go on strike. The fact that 89.1% of 73.7% of those who voted, voted yes which has forced Royal Mail to take the action they did after the union announced the strike dates. Our ballot result was a massive vote of no confidence in Royal Mail’s top management.

I feel this is a positive result because now Royal Mail must take us seriously and negotiate a deal with the help of mediators in the legal time scales set out by the judge or we will go on strike. The time scales involved mean the possibility of strike action would be around the 15th December, smack bang in the middle of Christmas pressure and just after those in the SAYE scheme can cash in their savings. Royal Mail will not want us to take industrial action any time but more so at that time. This puts pressure on Royal Mail to reach an agreement which is a good thing.

There is a CWU National Briefing next Thursday where the officers will provide a full update on the legal proceedings and set out our next steps. Mail Centre Management have kindly agreed for us to be able to relay the information back to staff at the WTLL sessions the week after.

LTB No: 547/17

12th October 2017  

TO:    ALL POSTAL BRANCHES                    

Dear Colleague

Royal Mail Group dispute – High Court judgment and National Briefing

The purpose of this LTB is to provide an update on developments in the Royal Mail dispute, after the CWU and Royal Mail were in the High Court earlier today. We can advise branches, representatives and members that Royal Mail was successful in its application for an interim injunction, which the union strongly opposed in court.  

The interim injunction instructs the union to withdraw the notice of planned strike action next week and to enter into further external mediation, which would need to conclude before the union can call any further action. Following a decision of the union’s Postal Executive we will be complying with the terms of the interim injunction and a letter has been sent to Royal Mail confirming this and withdrawing the notice for strike action on 19th – 21st October.  

Accordingly, all branches must, with immediate effect, deploy all means at their disposal including on CWU noticeboards, email, text messages, social media e.g. branch, Facebook and twitter accounts, to inform all members that the industrial action called for the 19th, 20th and 21st October 2017 inclusive is cancelled.  

In defending the case in court, while we firmly believe Royal Mail to be abusing the terms of our agreement, it has become clear that the legal test for obtaining an injunction turns upon which party is likely to suffer the greatest financial damage in the event that it is either granted or denied.  

The CWU is extremely disappointed at the ruling and we have no doubt our members and representatives will feel the same way. Following 18 months of negotiations, including external mediation, the company’s actions are nothing more than a desperate delaying tactic from a board who are increasingly out of touch with the views of its workforce.

It is now crucial that all our representatives and members see today’s ruling in the context of the wider dispute. Legal proceedings and Royal Mail’s court room politics will not solve the company’s problems. The union has nothing to fear from mediation and unless there is significant movement from the company on a range of issues and a satisfactory agreement is concluded, the union will be calling further strike action once the mediation process has been completed. Furthermore, we will not allow Royal Mail to string out the process beyond the required period.  

In light of these developments the union is calling a national briefing on Thursday 19th October next week at the TUC where we will provide a full update on the legal proceedings and set out our next steps. Branches are asked to make attendance at this a priority.  

EJ Orviss

Area Processing Representative

Area.processing@cwue5.org

Date 13th October 2017