WhatsApp Broadcasts on BT Pensions Campaign

WhatsApp Broadcasts on BT Pensions Campaign

We have launched WhatsApp Broadcast lists for CWU representatives and members. This will enable us to communicate key messages on the BT Pensions campaign as quickly and directly as possible.

There are two separate lists – one for CWU representatives and one for CWU members.

If you would like to be added to the broadcast, please follow the simple instructions below.

If you are a CWU representative: Add WhatsApp to your phone. Save 07583725644 in your contacts. Text your name, workplace (if you have one), position and CWU Branch to 07583725644.

If you are a CWU member: Add WhatsApp to your phone. Save 07907502190 to your contacts. Text your name, workplace (if you have one) and CWU Branch to 07907502190.

Please do not send your details to both numbers. Members should use their own personal phones to sign up to this service and not one owned by the employer.

Please share this information with as many of your members as possible.

Any enquiries on the content of this LTB should be directed to Nicola Marshall at nmarshall@cwu.org

Yours sincerely

Andy Kerr Deputy

General Secretary (T&FS)

LTB 639.2017 – WhatsApp Broadcasts on BT Pensions Campaign

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SEXUAL HARASSMENT IN THE WORKPLACE

SEXUAL HARASSMENT IN THE WORKPLACE

The issue of sexual harassment in the workplace has been headline news for several weeks and allegations ranging from inappropriate behaviour to rape have been levelled at celebrities and some MPs working in Westminster.

In response to these developments the CWU recognises that sexual harassment is not confined to Westminster and can be a significant issue in workplaces.

To reinforce this point we are publishing to Branches a major TUC survey and report undertaken in 2016 entitled “Still Just a Bit of Banter?” (Sexual Harassment in the Workplace 2016) copy attached. The Report focused on the treatment of women in the modern workplace and the key findings were as follows:-

• • More than half (52 per cent) of all women polled have experienced some form of sexual harassment.

• • Nearly two thirds of young women (age 18-24) have experienced some form of sexual harassment.

• • 32 per cent of women have been subject to unwelcome jokes of a sexual nature.

• • 28 per cent of women have been subject to comments of a sexual nature about their body or clothes.

• • Nearly one quarter of women have experienced unwanted touching (such as a hand on the knee or lower back).

• • One fifth of women have experienced unwanted sexual advances.

• • More than one in ten women reported experiencing unwanted sexual touching or attempts to kiss them.

• • In the vast majority of cases, the perpetrator was a male colleague, with nearly one in five reporting that their direct manager or someone else with direct authority over them was the perpetrator.

• • Four out of five women did not report the sexual harassment to their employer.

• • Crucially for trade unions, only 1 per cent of those polled who had experienced sexual harassment reported it to their union.

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At a meeting on the 14th November 2017, the TUC Executive Committee discussed a further document which included a commitment to undertake training for trade union representatives via 7 one day workshops that will take place between November 2017 and January 2018. These are in the following areas:

• Glasgow, 22nd November

• Newcastle, 1st December

• Liverpool, 14th December

• Birmingham, 9th January 2018

• London, 11th January

• Cardiff, 15th January

• Bristol, 16th January

We are encouraging our Branch Secretaries to attend these seminars or send an appropriate representative on behalf of the Branch. If you contact Linda Roy Assistant Secretary at CWU Headquarters more details will be provided.

In light of these developments the union will now review our own approach to tackling sexual harassment in the workplace, including support for representatives in dealing with cases with the employer and consideration of whether the issue of sexual harassment is adequately covered in our own Rule Book and internal procedures as both an employer and as a trade union organisation. These matters will be fully discussed at the NEC meeting on the 30th November 2017.

In the meantime, we would ask all Branch Secretaries to share the TUC Report and along with this LTB bring these to attention of all CWU Representatives. We must be clear that sexual harassment in any shape or form is completely unacceptable and that we all have a role to play in making workplaces safe and inclusive for all workers.

Any enquiries relating to the TUC Report should be addressed to General Secretaries Office gsoffice@cwu.org, any enquires on CWU policy and the TUC Seminars to the Equality Department lroy@cwu.org.

Yours sincerely

Dave Ward – General Secretary

Linda Roy – Head of Equal Opportunities

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ALAN TUFFIN – FORMER GENERAL SECRETARY – UCW

ALAN TUFFIN – FORMER GENERAL SECRETARY – UCW

Further to LTB 622/17 we have now been advised of the funeral arrangements for Alan Tuffin former General Secretary UCW, who sadly passed away on Friday 10th November 2017.

Alan’s funeral will be held on Friday 8th December 2017.

The full details are as follows:-

The Oaks Havant Crematorium

Barton Road

Havant

Hampshire

PO9 5NA

Only family flowers are requested. However, the family has asked that instead of flowers donations can be made to the CWUHA (CWU Humanitarian Aid). Cheques should be made payable to ‘’CWUHA’ and sent to:

Carl Webb

CWUHA

302a Barlow Moor Rd

Chorlton Park

Manchester

M21 8AY

Or payments can be made via BACs:

Bank: Unity Trust

Sort Code: 608301

Acc no: 20031169

Any further enquiries regarding this LTB should be addressed to the General Secretary’s Office at gsoffice@cwu.org quoting the reference GS1.1.

Yours sincerely

Dave Ward

General Secretary

17LTB637 – ALAN TUFFIN FUNERAL

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CWU WEBSITE: An update on progress

CWU WEBSITE

Following the launch of the new CWU website we are now in a position to update you on some statistical feedback as well as outlining further advances in how we plan to communicate with our representatives and members online.

The old site struggled at times and became an unorganised and unattractive platform.

The new website focuses on three key user groups; our members, potential members and visitors (the press and public).

We have seen an excellent upturn in visitors since the launch, with headline figures being eight times as many overall visitors to the website, eight times more visits to the news area of the website and critically twice as many visits to the ‘join us’ area.

These numbers indicate significant progress but there is clearly more work to do and this will continue into the New Year.

We are mindful of the need for urgent improvements online in two key areas;

1. Our offer to CWU representatives (storage of key agreements, advice and support).

2. The need to update our other websites – Education and Training and Young Workers.

We are pleased to announce that work has commenced on a new website for our representatives. This will be launched in February 2018.

Additionally, work is close to being finalised for the launch of the new Young Workers and Education and Training sites. We are hoping that both of these will be ready within the next month.

We thank all branches for their patience during this transitional period.

Any enquiries relating to the content of this LTB should be directed to Marcia Murray mmurray@cwu.org.

Yours sincerely

Dave Ward – General Secretary

Chris Webb – Head of Communications

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Election of National Representative Positions – 2018

Election of National Representative Positions – 2018

• Women’s Advisory Committee

• Race Advisory Committee

• Lesbian and Gay Bisexual and Transgender Advisory Committee

• Disability Advisory Committee

• Members Auditors

• Independent Review Body

Further to LTB 593/17 dated 3rd November 2017, at the close of nominations on the 20th November, the following have been received:

WOMEN’S ADVISORY COMMITTEE

Postal – 7 Lay Members Ballot Required

Clare Drummond

Greater ManchesterMorag Gillies

Glasgow District AmalElizabeth Harrington

South Central PostalSelina Hills

Eastern No 4Kath Kelly

Newcastle AmalHelen Ogilvie

Scotland No 2Laura Snell

Eastern No 4Vicki Turner

Leeds No 1

Telecom & Financial Services – 6 Lay Members Ballot Required

Sylvia Beckett

Capital, East Midlands, Tyne & Wear ClericalMelanie Gorrie

Scotland No 1, Capital , East Midlands, Tyne & Wear ClericalKaren Kendrick

Manchester Combined, Capital , East Midlands, Mersey, North East, Tyne & Wear ClericalJaime Monsma

Midland No 1Jacky Morrey

Mid Wales The Marches & North Staffs, Capital, East Midlands, Tyne & Wear ClericalJean Sharrocks

North East, Capital, East Midlands, Tyne & Wear Clerical, West Yorkshire,Trish Vollens

West Yorkshire, Capital, East Midlands, North East, Tyne & Wear Clerical,

RACE ADVISORY COMMITTEE

Postal – 7 Lay Members Ballot Required

Adam Alarakhia

LeicestershireGreg Amissah

North Lancs & CumbriaMark Anthony Bastiani

London South WestTrevor Berry

Kent InvictaJay Bhundia

South West Middlesex AmalDean L Farah

South East Wales AmalLinford Gibbons

Nottingham District AmalMorag Gillies

Glasgow District AmalAsghar Khan

Leeds No 1 AmalSaf Khan

North West No 1Prince Kingsley-Faborode

South Central PostalBola Omoyeni

South Midlands PostalSharon Pratt

South West No 7Sajid Shaikh

Birmingham District Amal

Telecom & Financial Services – 6 Lay Members

Sylvia Beckett

Capital, East Midlands Lincolnshire & South Yorkshire, Tyne & Wear Clerical*ElectedColin Bell

South London, Surrey & Nth Hampshire*ElectedPeter Pascall

Mersey*Elected

LESBIAN, GAY, BISEXUAL & TRANSGENDER ADVISORY COMMITTEE

Postal – 7 Lay Members

Jay Bhundia

South West Middlesex Amal*ElectedEleanor Burns

South East Wales Amal*ElectedWilliam Byrne

Glasgow District Amal*ElectedHelen Cooper

Western Counties*ElectedSuzanne Dorritt

Newcastle Amal*ElectedMorag Gillies

Glasgow District Amal*ElectedChris Hurley

Leeds No 1 Amal*Elected

Telecom & Financial Services – 6 Lay Members

John Monk

London & West*ElectedJason Reynolds

Capital, East Midlands, Tyne & Wear Clerical*ElectedJean Sharrocks

North East, Capital East Midlands, Tyne & Wear Clerical*Elected

DISABILTIES ADVISORY COMMITTEE

Postal – 7 Lay Members Ballot Required

Adam Alarakhia

LeicestershireMark Anthony Bastiani

London South WestJay Bhundia

South West Middlesex AmalDale-Marie Bliben

South Central PostalWilliam Byrne

Glasgow District AmalDes Gibbons

Nottingham District AmalMorag Gillies

Glasgow District AmalRichard Hirtsch

Leeds No 1 AmalBill Johnston

Scotland No 2Anthony Pedel

York & District AmalTony Sneddon

Scotland No 5Lee Starr-Elliott

Bristol & DistrictTony Waterhouse

Worcester & Hereford Amal

Telecom & Financial Services – 6 Lay Members

Jonathan Bellshaw

Lincolnshire & South Yorks, Capital, East Midlands, North East, Tyne & Wear Clerical*ElectedSimon Cropper

West Yorkshire*ElectedNatalie Fleming

Northern Ireland Telecoms, Capital, East Midlands, Lincolnshire & South Yorks, Tyne & Wear Clerical*ElectedPeter Sharrocks

North East, Capital , East Midlands, Lincolnshire & South Yorks, Tyne & Wear Clerical, West Yorkshire*Elected

MEMBERS AUDITORS

2 Lay Members  

Paul Clays

York & District Amal*Elected

INDEPENDENT REVIEW BODY

Postal – 1 Lay Member, 1 Substitute

Lay Member

Sajid Shaikh

Birmingham District Amal*Elected
Substitute

No Nominations Received.

Telecoms & Financial Services – 1 Lay Member, 1 Substitute

Lay Member

Rob Alldritt

Mersey*Elected
Substitute

No Nominations Received.

The Timetable for the ballots is as follows:

Despatch ballot papers: 27 November 2017

Ballot closes: 11 December 2017 (14:00)

Any enquiries regarding this Letter to Branches should be addressed to the Senior Deputy General Secretary 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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Air Pollution – A Trade Union Issue, Free Half Day Course, Manchester, ‪Friday, 1st December 2017, from 1.00pm – 4.00pm‬ (Organised jointly by the Hazards Campaign & Greener Jobs Alliance)

Air Pollution – A Trade Union Issue, Free Half Day Course, Manchester, Friday, 1st December 2017, from 1.00pm – 4.00pm (Organised jointly by the Hazards Campaign & Greener Jobs Alliance)

To: All Branches

Dear Colleagues,

The Hazards Campaign and Greener Jobs Alliance are jointly providing this free of charge half day course in Manchester entitled ‘Air Pollution – A Trade Union Issue’ and CWU Health and Safety and Other Reps can register for a place. Numbers are limited so apply as soon as possible.

Air pollution in the UK is a public health emergency. Over 40,000 people die each year from causes linked to the air that they breathe – more than obesity and alcohol combined.

Workers are exposed to and create pollution to fulfil contractual obligations to employers. It is an occupational health issue that employers take little responsibility for.

Attending this course will help you to:

• Examine why air pollution is both a workplace issue and a public health one

• Find out about air pollution busting Citizen Science techniques

• Create action plans to deal with workplace exposures

• Create action plans to meaningfully engage in air pollution with local councils

• Share experience, knowledge and ideas

Venue: UNISON Regional Office

Arena Point 1

Hunts Bank

Manchester M3 1UN

Date: Friday 1st December 2017

Time: 1pm – 4pm

Lunch

Registration: To register for a ‘Free’ place please e-mail: janet@gmhazards.org.uk

For further information please call Janet Newsham on Tel: 0161 6367558

A ‘Free’ Lunch will be provided.

Yours sincerely

Dave Joyce

National Health, Safety & Environment Officer

17LTB630 Air Pollution – A Trade Union Issue, Free Half Day Course, Manchester, Friday, 1st December 2017

NW region leaflet

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Royal Mail Group – Statutory Health and Safety Notice Boards (SHE Standard 4.3 & Appendix)

Royal Mail Group – Statutory Health and Safety Notice Boards (SHE Standard 4.3 & Appendix)

To: All Branches

Dear Colleagues,

See attached for your information the Royal Mail Group, Safety Health and Environment Standard 4.3 and Appendix (Guidance) which explains Royal Mail Group’s business arrangements for ensuring a consistent approach to the displaying of legally required

Notices and those displayed as a ‘Mandatory Policy’ requirement across Royal Mail Group. This includes:-

This Standard applies across the whole of Royal Mail Group (RMG) including Royal Mail, Parcelforce Worldwide, Logistics, International, Royal Mail Specialist Services and their support functions, such as Property, Fleet, Engineering and Programmes etc., and sets out the arrangements for ensuring that:

• Statutory Notices are displayed as required by legislation

• Notices are displayed as required by Royal Mail Group (RMG) Safety, Health & Environment (SHE) Management System Standards

• Key SHE performance and management information are displayed which are relevant to people at the Unit

• Notice Board displays are consistent across RMG

The Unit Manager is required by Royal Mail to ensure that the Notice Boards are established and maintained as set out in the SHE Standard.

Some of the legally required and important Notices included are:-

• HSE Law Poster

• RMG Safety & Health Policy

• RMG Environment Policy

• Employers Liability Insurance Cover

• SHE Organisation Structure

• RMG Safety Roles & Responsibilities

• First Aider List

• Fire Evacuation Information

• Safety Performance information

• Severe Weather Standard Preparation Checklist

• Health and Safety Committee Notes

• H&S Action Plan

• PPE Matrix

(Full list details in attachments).

SPDO’s are included in the buildings required to have a Statutory Health and Safety Notice Board and where there is limited wall space to accommodate Notice Boards, then legal and mandatory notices MUST be displayed in the most suitable location. Where there is insufficient space those that are not legally required or of a mandatory nature MUST be kept in a ring binder folder and retained in a prominent position to be used to brief new entrants and to inform all visitors and contractors on their arrival at the Unit.

Notice Boards can be obtained by calling the RM Group Helpdesk on: 0844 800 9191

The Safety, Health and Environment Engagement Manager will ensure that appropriate communications materials are maintained to deliver the necessary communications for compliance with this SHE Standard 4.3.

The RM Group SHE Audit & Performance Manager will audit and monitor compliance with SHE Standard 4.3.

Yours sincerely

Dave Joyce

National Health, Safety & Environment Officer

17LTB629 Royal Mail Group – Statutory Health and Safety Notice Boards SHE Standard 4.3 & Appendix

Standard 4.3 Statutory Notices and Notice_Boards (v2.0)

Statutory Notice and Notice Boards (Appendix 1) (v6 0)

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