Dog Attacks On Postal Workers CWU ‘Bite-Back’ Campaign Booklet (Version 8): WARNING – INCLUDES GRAPHIC IMAGES OF EXAMPLE CASES

Dog Attacks On Postal Workers CWU ‘Bite-Back’ Campaign Booklet (Version 8): WARNING – INCLUDES GRAPHIC IMAGES OF EXAMPLE CASES

To: All Branches

Dear Colleagues,

Figures from NHS England show that hospital admissions for dog attack injuries have risen to a record all time high of 7,673 last year, an increase of 22% in three years. A quarter of these were children. This rise in dog attacks has occurred in spite of CWU prompted Government legislative initiatives aimed at curbing dog attacks and promoting responsible dog ownership.

There has been a 76% increase in dog attack hospitalisations over the last 10 years in England. Emergency admissions to Scottish hospitals after a dog attack rose 80% over the same 10 years period, according to NHS Scotland figures. Figures for Wales show a 20% increase over the last 12 months alone.

7,000 Dogs have been seized by police and put in kennels over the last five years with £5m spent on kennelling.

In 1991, the most substantial piece of this legislation, the ‘Dangerous Dogs Act (DDA)’ was introduced. Following the CWU’s 7 year ‘Bite-Back’ Campaign, the laws covering England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland were extended to Private Property where 70% of the attacks on Postal Workers occurred and owners were previously immune from prosecution. The amendments made included the extension of dangerous dogs legislation to private property, introduction of tougher sentences, compulsory micro-chipping and new police seizure powers thanks to the Union’s concerted efforts. That has seen a welcomed and marked increase in criminal dog owner prosecutions.

Worryingly however, dog attacks continue to rise despite the current, strengthened, legal framework for protecting Postal Workers and the public. The effectiveness of the dog control laws and their enforcement therefore remains in question.

UK Governments need to review the current strategy and initiatives for dealing with dangerous dogs and discuss the benefits of alternative multi-agency approaches that raise public awareness and strongly promote responsible dog ownership. This includes working with dog owners and schools to increase awareness of safe and appropriate behaviour around dogs and cracking down on irresponsible dog owners and dog breeding through consistently enforced Laws and tenancy agreements. The Courts also need to use the full range of sentencing penalties and orders available to them, dealing firmly with offenders.

The CWU’s ‘Bite-Back’ Campaign, driven and spearheaded by the Health, Safety & Environment Department, aims to continue to raise awareness about irresponsible dog ownership and call for a post-implementation review of the new, existing dog control laws in place and its enforcement or lack of by certain Police forces, Local Authorities and the Courts, that need to use the tools available to them and take tougher legal sanctions against the owners of dangerous dogs. We believe that the statistics show that law and order is still failing to prevent dog attacks and failing to prevent workers becoming dog attack victims. An examination of the whole approach to effectively control dangerous dogs, including collaborative action between local authorities, the Police and courts is urgently needed. Dog Control in the UK is still out-of-control.

Three recent horrific dog attack cases on Royal Mail Delivery Postal Workers/CWU Members, for example, in Newquay, Boston and Wrexham on Postwomen could easily have ended in fatalities had it not been for the intervention of good Samaritans and/or the owner in the nick of time.

The CWU estimates that up to 3,000 Postal workers and around 100 BT engineers are attacked by dogs each year, including those not reported. These range from minor injuries to life-changing, life-threatening incidents, suffered by ordinary postmen and women going about their jobs.

And it’s not only Postal and BT CWU members at risk – gas, water and electricity workers, refuse collectors, council workers, NHS staff, district nurses, home helps, health visitors, care workers, meals on wheels volunteers and many others are all vulnerable.

It’s outrageous that hard-working and conscientious people, providing vital postal delivery services are still running the daily gauntlet of out of control dogs and irresponsible owners. New efforts need to be made, reviewing the laws and their enforcement to protect victims and in raising public awareness, promoting responsible dog ownership to prevent attacks taking place.

This booklet contains 30 example cases of Dog Attack Victim Postal Workers and CWU Members who have kindly agreed to have their injury photos and case study summaries included in order to raise awareness of the issue amongst fellow Postal Workers and amongst dog owners, the general public, the media, Police, Local Authorities, Courts, Politicians and Law Makers, to help avoid and reduce the number of further attacks on CWU members, children and the public and to combat the daily menace of irresponsible and criminal dog owners which sees around 8 Postal workers bitten by dogs every working day of the year. Read more in the booklet.

The CWU ‘Bite-Back’ Campaign was a huge success in achieving very significant law changes, amending the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991, in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, the result of which has seen a significant increase in prosecutions of irresponsible dog owners. However, worryingly the problem continues and a number of problems exist with the enforcement of the Law, by certain Police forces and Local Authorities and with the interpretation and prosecution of the Law, certain Crown Prosecution Services and Courts. The Union therefore finds itself in a situation of campaigning once again in an effort to address the problems identified and now coming to the fore, the details of which are detailed in the latest booklet which I hope you find very informative and useful within Branch areas.

Hard Copy Orders of the Dog Attacks Booklet

Branches and Regions can either download and print their own copies of the booklet or order bulk copies from CWU/HQ as follows:-


Debby Ackerman

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T: 0208 971 7218

Cost Per Booklet: £1.06


Core Education & Training Programme (RESIDENTIAL) 2018/19

Core Education & Training Programme (RESIDENTIAL) 2018/19

I am pleased to report that the National Executive Council has endorsed the attached CWU Education & Training Programme for residential training courses to be held during the Academic Year 2018/2019.

Branches are reminded that the majority of courses referred to in the core programme may be delivered locally / regionally via request from Regional and Regional Sub Committees, Regional Organising Committees and Branches through the Education & Training Department.

If assistance in developing a forward looking training plan is required, please also contact the CWU Education & Training Dept. in the normal way.

It is important to note that to remain consistent within the CWU, the following courses have been updated and split as “Parts 1 & 2”.

Applications to attend courses authorised by the Branch Secretary should be submitted to Maxine Todd (CWU Course Administrator) and both weeks 1 & 2 (where applicable) should be applied for at the same time.

• Essential Skills

• Advanced Skills

• Equal Rights in the CWU

• Introduction to Health & Safety

Release protocols for attendance on the listed courses remain unchanged.

Any enquiries in relation to this LTB should be addressed to Lee Wakeman ( or Maxine Todd (

Yours sincerely,

Trish Lavelle

Head of Education & Training


Programme Aug 18 – July 19

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It is with great sadness that I must advise branches that Mary Wheeler passed away suddenly at home on Thursday 19th April 2018.

Mary commenced employment for the POEU in 1978 and was the face of Alvescot Lodge until her retirement in 2014.

During her 36 years service, Mary made a huge contribution over these many years to both the CWU and its predecessor unions. Her warmth and dedication in making our students attending Alvescot Lodge feel welcome and at ease from day one will be appreciated by all those who met her. Mary was at the heart of our residential education centre and she will be greatly missed by her friends and ex-colleagues in the union.

At this sad time our thoughts are of course with Mary’s family, especially her daughter – Tracey Bushrod, who you will know heads up the Catering and Domestic department at Alvescot.

On behalf of the CWU, I convey our deepest sympathy and condolences to Tracey and other family members.

Mary’s funeral arrangements will be announced in due course.

Any enquiries in relation to this LTB should be addressed to Lee Wakeman (

Yours sincerely

Dave Ward

General Secretary


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SPECIAL REPORT CWU BCC Meeting 17th April 2018


CWU BCC Meeting 17th April 2018

Anglia Divisional Representative Report – Final

Report prepared for Anglia BCC of 17th April 2018

DR18/1 CWU Campaigns & Organising

CWU Redesign – Following the recent Manchester National briefing, branches will now be aware of the need to enter into the consultation process, by answering the laid–down specific questions. Also time will be allocated inside General Conference to provide further updates. A special conference is planned for November to conclude the project.

Industrial redesign consultation is due to be launched in the near future, as a committee it is important that we collectively feature this in our forthcoming committee meetings.

TUC Campaign – On 12th May in London the TUC has organised a workers’ march, our GS Dave Ward has been a leading voice inside the TUC for this event. Given that we were principal architects for this march, we have been given the lofty position of second union group in the march. This unique position for us does bring along other pressures to ensure we have an excellent turnout.

Paul Moffat Eastern Regional Secretary will provide an update on the two above issues, also if the branches could be prepared to give quick report on their plans for 12th May, this would be helpful.

Paul Moffat was unable to attend the meeting so Chris Webb CWU Head of Communications took his place, concentrating mainly on the TUC campaign on the 12th May. He said it is important there is a large turnout of CWU members at the event because it was the CWU who have instigated this march with a motion we took to the TUC conference two years ago and again last year when the first one was not acted upon. Chris would expect most area reps and a good percentage of branch officers and as many members as possible from all branches across the country to attend. Chris was congratulated on the work his department put into the four pillars campaign. His reaction was he is determined to maintain the momentum going forward with the communications to our members.

Organising – Paul Malyan will supply a report to the committee on the day

Recommendation; the paragraph be ongoing.  AGREED

DR18/2 Four Pillars of Security

The agreement has now been accepted by our membership as branches will now know.

Pensions – Now that the Defined Benefit scheme is closed and we have moved into the Transitional arrangements, this has had an impact upon Ill Health Release (Pension) and VR.  In respects to both the ill health benefits in the pending CDC and DBCB transitional scheme the in-depth detail is shared in the reference files section of this report– verbal update to be provided

Whilst the pension is in the transitional phase there is not the opportunity to take enhanced pension with ill health retirement. The terms and conditions of the Four Pillars of Security and Pay National Agreement will apply in this circumstance.

Operational – There is a number of activities underway across each function, this involves LAT’s. The outcome will result in the need for cross-functional working to deal with such challenges. verbal update/report to be provided

The business has introduced Latest Acceptance Time (LAT) for tracked 24 items, to attract more traffic. They have extended the delivery time to 1900 for these items. Sprinter vans are being used throughout the network to transport the work. Some Delivery Offices throughout the country have had proposals to change their start times to a later start.  We are challenging the business proposal to move PE delivery office start time forward under LAT.

Pay – The date for back-pay has now been established for w/c 30th April, making weekly paid members getting the pay increase and back-pay on Friday 4th May 2018. Monthly paid, will get it on Monday 30th April 2018.

Recommendation; that the paragraph be ongoing.  AGREED

DR18/3 RM Recruitment & Resourcing

It is now key that we start to press to ensure that weekly resourcing meeting are held in our offices. The new agreement supports this and goes further to direct that in delivery, where no

local rep is in place, then the requirement defaults to the area rep. This may be a chance to discuss with area managers, the need for support in completing this requirement. The agreement has also set out the need to hold 6-monthly reviews each March and September, therefore in pending area liaison meetings this should be included as an item to discuss in preparation for the forthcoming September. We will work on what we can do to support area reps with this task in the coming weeks. The resourcing checklist once revealed may also help in this regard.

There was no debate on this paragraph.

Recommendation; that the paragraph be ongoing.  AGREED

DR18/4 Delivery

PDA actuals is the hot topic of the moment; the reports back indicate some difficulty with the National parties following the trial in the North-West/Cheshire – this paragraph will be supplemented by verbal commentary

Directors are trying to advance the use of the PDA actuals for revision activity. THERE ARE NO NATIONAL TERMS OF REFERENCE OR AGREEMENT ON THE USE OF PDA ACTUALS AS YET. Therefore , no one should be using them.

Recommendation; that the paragraph be ongoing.  AGREED

DR18/5 Processing & Collections

A number of Joint Statements have been brought in over the last month or so, concerning trialling of new kit. We need to watch on these move from this stage to implementation.

Following a number of stage 3 disagreements raised due to proposals to change start times in a several of the IP DO’s. The source of these are all due to mail arrival profiles following inward migration. One of the actions is now for a meeting with the Migration team, Mail Centre Manager and Processing Director Rob Jenson, of course we will be having our key functional Reps to be part of this meeting – Verbal update to be given

Barry Jennings raised the issue we’ve had at the mail centre over the trial of processing small parcels on the gravity rollers. Ian McMullon raised the issue of MOD plates on new equipment. Engineers are not allowed to do maintenance on equipment if it hasn’t been fitted with a MOD plate.

Recommendation; that the paragraph be ongoing.  AGREED

DR18/6 Network, Distribution & Logistics

Guidance Document – Agreement between Royal Mail Logistics and the CWU on Resourcing Guidelines for the Deployment of the Network Revision 2018 was issued as part of LTB 192/18. As part of this it contains an Auto RSL ability. Alongside of this is guidelines to assist in planning of waves and LAT connections.

There was no debate on this paragraph.

Recommendation; that paragraph be ongoing.  AGREED

DR18/7 Personnel Processes/Procedures & Contractual issues

Conduct – The record of appeals below is testament that this procedure is the one that leads to the greater number of dismissals.

Attendance Procedure – The main issue that is being reported back is the difficulty in getting referrals to Employee Health Services, this has been relayed to the PTS Department and is going to feature in the ongoing review. We have also provided report to the department on the lack of clear written information when a stage 2 notification is awarded, insofar as it does not

make any reference to the ability to automatically (via PSP) re-issue a stage 1 notification when one absence of more than 4, but less than 10-day absence occurs.

Appeals – listed below are Appeals that are pending or have been heard since the start of 2018. Due to the pending changes to data protection in May 2018, we will need the help from Area Reps/Branches to get the member who has an appeal pending to sanction the release of the case bundle to ourselves, so we can do preparation work in advance of the appeal.

Overpayments/underpaymentsThere have been a number of disagreements recently concerning overpayments which have and some are being progressed via the IR framework.

Grievance Procedure – The new procedure is now live – At the meeting we will be seeking feedback from Reps/Branch’s on how its going.

We made aware, if a member takes out a grievance under the new procedure, for example an issuing of an AR1/2 then you have 3 months less 1 day from the date of the decision to proceed to an employment tribunal. This would also include the ACAS mediation process.

Recommendation; that the paragraph be ongoing.  AGREED

DR18/8 Industrial Relations

Mediation – We have a number of cases on the go at present including, Bedford, Ely, Bury St Edmunds and Manningtree.

IR Framework – We held a meeting with Terry Pullinger and some of the Officers on 27th March, this was for general discussion and update. The output was our meeting with Terry and the Officers in May was moved by a week, hence the changed of date already advised. This meeting has been extended by half-day, one of the issues is for each Division to present a report beforehand on how their Division operates in a BAU situation. This has got to be completed 19th April 2018.

In the reference files section of this report is a record of the disagreements we’ve got recorded to date and Terry’s letter to us concerning the request for a report. – this paragraph will be supplemented by verbal commentary

Royal Mail are changing the boundaries of their regions again. Rob Jenson will be the new processing director for the East.

The Divisional reps have been asked to compile a report for Terry Pullinger on how we use the IR Framework in the Anglia Division.

Recommendation; that the paragraph be ongoing.  AGREED

DR18/9 Training

The union has committed to launch training so we have pension experts out in the field, not to provide individual pension advice, but to broaden members understanding of how occupational pension work within Royal Mail. In the interim, we can do a 30 min overview on current pensions and link that with the Ill health presentation below To remind branches, that we still are able to arrange training on CWU one-day IR. We’ve also built our own Ill Health Training course, that we can deliver in a 2-hour slot during area liaison meeting time. To date we’ve only had two branches that have taken up this offer.

Refreshers on conduct and attendance are also available – this paragraph will be supplemented by verbal commentary.

There is a two-hour Ill Health Retirement training package the Divisional Reps want to roll out at liaison meetings.

Recommendation; that the paragraph be ongoing.  AGREED

DR 18/10 Health & Safety

No report.

Recommendation; that the paragraph be ongoing.  AGREED

DR18/11 Royal Mail Cleaners – Nothing new to report

There was no debate on this paragraph.

Recommendation; that the paragraph be ongoing.  AGREED

DR18/12 Quadrant – Nothing new to report

There was no debate on this paragraph.

Recommendation; that the paragraph be ongoing.  AGREED

DR18/13 LA’s – Nothing new to report

There was no debate on this paragraph.

Recommendation; that the paragraph be ongoing.  AGREED

DR18/14 Conference – As per advice in the email circulated on 28th March, we are seeking the Committee’s support to with draw our Motion 84. Our reasons are that following the release of LTB 166/18 which contained a Joint Statement on Professionalising our Customer Service Points (Enquiry Offices) Resourcing, it is ate view that this Joint Statement meets the terms of the submitted motion.

Recommendation; the committee agrees the withdrawal of motion 84 in the name of the Anglia Divisional Committee  AGREED

Concludes Report

EJ Orviss

Area Processing Representative

Date 20th April 2018

Processing Report for Letter Section Meeting 17th April 2018 Incorporating the Cancelled   Annual General Meeting Report  

Processing Report for Letter Section Meeting 17th April 2018 Incorporating the Cancelled

Annual General Meeting Report


Because there was not an AGM for the letter section committee this year. This report incorporates an annual report.

2017 was a year of mixed emotions and events. The year started with a member losing his appeal against dismissal and two members who made supporting statements for the appeal being investigated under the conduct code. The CWU objected to this and after a series of gate meetings and an extraordinary members meeting gained the full support of our members. It was this support that influenced the decision from local managers that there was no case to answer.

In a macabre way this put the branch in good stead with the members for the Four Pillars campaign. A lot of hard work campaigning the members for support in the four pillars in the mail centre and delivery offices was rewarded with the results of the ballots which led to the new agreement.

Since privatisation, Royal Mail have neglected resourcing issues throughout the business to the extent that both mail centres and delivery offices have been failing the USO on a regular basis and there has been a high percentage of casual and variable cost hours being put into resourcing the operation.

Part of the new agreement addresses this and moving forward we have entered negotiations with management around a processing revision activity. There will be a terms of reference (TOR) displayed on the union board shortly which will identify the main objective of the revision. This will be to resource the processing function with actual duty hours to 85 to 90% of a yet to be agreed model working week and the introduction of the first stages of the shorter working week. Substitute Area Processing Representative Luke Smith will be withdrawn to work alongside me for the foreseeable future.

Because this is a huge exercise and will take several months to complete and because the processing function is operating with a high percentage of variable cost hours and vacant and lapsed actual working duty (AWD) hours, we have entered negotiations to introduce some additional temporary full time and part time duties into the operation to firm up the resourcing. These temporary positions will be introduced under the same agreement as the current temporary duties.

The CWU are committed to negotiating a robust duty structure which will increase AWD hours by converting the current temporary hours into substantive hours,

stop diverting work out and considerably reduce the variable cost hours currently being used by the operation.

Staff from other functions and other units looking to work in the processing function will only be considered when the exercise is completed and only then if it is identified that the new duty structure will have more duties than the processing staff in post. All allocations throughout the exercise will be processed on a seniority basis under the MTFS agreement.

Parcel Sort Machine

The installation of the parcel sort machines throughout the country was put on hold after the installation of the Chelmsford, Hemel Hempstead and Greenford mail centres had theirs fitted. This was because it has been identified at the Swindon mail centre trial the machines are not performing as expected. The reasons for this is the bar coding is not as advanced as anticipated, York’s are not emptying into the machine properly leaving parcels in the York’s for rejection, certain size and shape parcels cannot manoeuvre through the machine to be processed, creating rejects for manual sortation.

There is still no confirmation about, if, the current parcel sort machine project will continue.

Traffic Transformation

The business will be changing the way they record traffic coming into the mail centre. Currently we are using the mist system where traffic is recorded at WLA points throughout the building. They are changing to a PDA manual recording at the primary sort point only. The business has invested in a computer programme which apparently will use this input and create a more realistic recording of traffic from the primary right through to the delivery offices. That said, both systems will run together for about a year whilst data is collated to confirm accuracy and assumptions before changing to the PDA system.

There has been 106 members of staff across all four shifts trained on the manual recording with the PDA’s. We have been informed that all staff will have to undergo training on this during the trial period because it will be a core skill requirement similar to the parcel bar code scanners.

Processing Week Start Change

At the start of the new financial year the processing function start of the week changed from what was a Sunday to Saturday to a Monday to Sunday.

The reason for this is the processing function needs to fall in line with the PSP system which is Monday to Sunday, all the other functions within the MC and the other mail centres in the region are all on Monday to Sunday weeks.

Staff who hold processing scheduled attendances on a Sunday will be written to by the book room to explain how the change will affect them. SA length and start and finish times will not be affected only the week numbers.

Staff who have booked annual leave based on a Sunday to Saturday week will have their leave and SA’s honoured for the year should their holiday arrangements be affected by the change. You will need to speak to the book room as soon as you identify there is a problem.

Gravity Rollers

We started a new trial on the nationally agreed gravity rollers for the processing of standard packets. We assumed management had followed the previous process of notifying the national joint working group for the introduction of new equipment of the trial to process a different stream of traffic and changing the previously agreed staffing arrangement. It turned out this was not the case and after reports from the shift reps and staff working in the area were reported back to the national working group, the trial was suspended until a proper TOR has been nationally agreed. The TOR’s have been drawn up and should be presented to the CWU Postal Executive Committee on Tuesday 17th April for endorsement. Some people may think this is trivial approach to the introduction of new equipment but I need to make you aware the joint national working group for the introduction of new equipment was formed because of the abuse on the introduction of new equipment and working practises by management and staff involved in the world class mail debacle, Royal Mail invested million of pounds into which has now been discarded and replaced with the CWU/Royal Mail nationally agreed continuous improvement scheme.

Spalding CSS work

We have now taken the Spalding CSS work into the mail centre on a permanent basis. Two additional duties were advertised and have been allocated on a seniority and MTFS basis.

2017 Christmas long term sick raffle

This year’s raffle for the long-term sick was a success raising over £1000 to be divided out amongst them. There were 52 prizes donated for the raffle by union reps, managers and members of staff. A big thanks to all the Reps who helped organise the event and sell raffle tickets and a big thank you to all of you who supported us by buying tickets and donating prizes.

WhatsApp Broadcast Group

We have set up a CWU Eastern No5 members WhatsApp Broadcast Group where we can forward CWU Communications onto members through WhatsApp. This has proven to be a good form of communication with a very positive response from the membership and has certainly helped forward information on national issues alongside websites and Facebook.

A Broadcast Group is where members receive WhatsApp messages from my phone, you will not be able to see who is in the group, you will not be able to message each other either. No phone numbers are shared.

If you want to be in this group, then you will need:

The WhatsApp App on your phone.

Save my number 07887985430 as Ernie Orviss.

Send me a message me with your name requesting to be put in the group.

I will forward you some of the previous messages and put you in the group, so you will receive all future messages.

EJ Orviss

Area Processing Representative

Date 12th April 2018

Workers Memorial Day ‪28 April 2018‬ – List Of Events: “Unionised Workplaces Are Safety Workplaces

Workers Memorial Day 28 April 2018 – List Of Events: “Unionised Workplaces Are Safety Workplaces”

To: All Branches

Dear Colleagues,

Workers Memorial Day is commemorated throughout the world and is officially recognised by the UK Government.

In 2018 the theme for the day is “Unionised workplaces are safer workplaces” and will focus the huge difference that unions and union safety reps make in preventing deaths in the workplace. Unions are also celebrating 40 years of union health and safety representatives as part of the Safety Reps 40th Anniversary campaign “SafetyReps@40”.

The TUC has compiled a list of WMD events notified to TUC/HQ as follows. Reproduced below is a list of some of the events that are happening up and down the country. Some of these events will also feature a minute’s silence at noon, or a suitable time


Workers Memorial Day events can be added and for an event to be displayed on the TUC list and special Website Page, details should be sent to:- The TUC will update the list and Web Page as and when they hear about new events so please check back to keep an eye on what’s happening on Workers Memorial Day 2018! Unless another date in the list below is shown, all events are on Saturday 28th April.

London, Eastern and South East

Leyton – leafleting the Bakers Arms in Leyton at 11:00 about the death of Marian Nemit who lost his life on a shop refurbishment site at the Bakers Arms. At 13:15 there will be an event in Coronation Gardens in High Street Leyton, London E10 5NG, close to Leyton Tube Station. This will include a minute’s silence to remember all those killed by their work and wreath-laying at the war memorial in the park.

Waltham Forest – Annual event will be held at 13:00 at Coronation Gardens, Leyton, E10 5NG

Tower Hill London – There will be a rally with speeches commencing at 10:30 at the Building Worker Statue, Tower Hill, London, EC3. Organised by Unite construction sector but all welcome. Straight after the event at Tower Hill (around 12:45) there will be a silent vigil at Grenfell Tower – outside Notting Hill Methodist Church, 240 Lancaster Road, W11 4AH.

Southampton – Assemble from 11.30 at the ‘UNISON’ Bench on the corner of East Park off East Park Terrace overlooked by the Jurys Inn Hotel. Proceedings will start at 12 noon with a few speeches and a minute’s silence.

Milton Keynes – To be held on Sunday 29th April. Assemble in car park on Midsummer Boulevard, Central Milton Keynes, opposite MK Gallery. Short march at 11:30 to the MK Rose, Campbell Park for speeches and the laying of wreaths at the IWMD memorial pillar. All welcome.

Rochester – A Workers Memorial Day Service will be held at 11:45 on Monday 30th April at Rochester Castle Gardens, Rochester , Medway. A short service will be followed by tea, coffee and cake at the Corn Exchange.

Chelmsford – Assemble in 12:00 at Central Park, Chelmsford, at the Memorial Tree, close to the lake and viaduct, where a short memorial event will take place. There will also be a health & safety exhibition in Chelmsford Library’s Remembrance Square from 23rd – 28th April.

Colchester – The annual commemoration will commence at 14:00 at the International Workers Memorial Tree in Lower Castle Park Colchester followed by refreshments at the Victoria Inn, 10 North Station Road, Colchester CO1 1RB.

Portsmouth – Assemble: 11:45 for Noon start at the Workers Memorial Monument Victoria Park, Anglesea Road, Portsmouth PO1 2BG.

Eastborne – There will be a street stall in Eastbourne Town Centre- at Bankers’ Corner in Terminus Road from 10:00 to 12:00. All welcome.


Birmingham – 12.30 in the grounds of St Philips Cathedral, Colmore Row, Birmingham, B3 2QB.

Northampton – Starts 11.00am next to the steelworker statue in Corby town centre or in the Corby Cube if the weather is bad. There will be speakers and the presentation of a cheque to the Mesothelioma Research Fund.

Solihull – Friday 27 April at 12.30 in Brueton Gardens (opp Barley Mow Pub).

Coventry – There will be a commemoration at 12 noon in Bayley Lane , Coventry City Centre, CV1 5RN.

Leicester – Begins at 12 noon at the Town Hall Square with a minute’s silence and a roll call to commemorate those workers who have lost their lives. Followed by a short public meeting.

Telford – The annual commemoration will be held at 11:00 at the Wellington Peace Garden (Outside Wellington Civic and Leisure centre), Tan Bank, Wellington, Telford, Shropshire TF1 1LX.

Wolverhampton – Meet at 12.30 at the Workers’ Memorial Day Tree, Cenotaph, St Peters Square, Wolverhampton WV1 1TS. There will be a range of speakers.

Sandwell – This event will take place on Friday 27 April 10:00-10:30 outside Sandwell Council House Chamber in Oldbury.


Hartlepool – Hartlepool Trades Union council are holding a remembrance Service 12.30pm, Refectory Area, Cleveland College of Art & Design, 1 Church Street, Hartlepool, TS24 7DS (free car parking accessed from Lynn Street). A range of speakers followed by wreath/flower laying. Before that there will be a Health & Safety Seminar at Room 108, in the College, to run between 09.00 to 12noon (buffet breakfast provided from 08.30) For more details or to register email by 20th April.

Stranley Crook County Durham – County Durham Trades Council will be holding their annual Workers Memorial Day service at St Thomas Chruch, Stanley Crook, County Durham at 19:00.

Sunderland – There will be a Workers Memorial Day on Friday 27th April 2018 11.30 for a 12 noon start at Workers Memorial Garden at Sunderland Civic Centre.

Ashington, Northumberland – Wreath Laying Ceremony with speakers and a piper at 12:30 at the North Seaton Cemetery Memorial Garden. Beforehand there is also a Public Meeting at 11:00 at The Elephant, Newbiggin Road, Ashington where there will be a number of speakers.

Gateshead – Meet at 12noon for a memorial service at 12.15 at the Rose Garden, Saltwell Park, Gateshead.


Chorley – There will be a memorial service on Friday 27th April at the Unite WMD tree planted in Astley Park. Meet at the Park Gates, Park Road, Chorley. All welcome, please bring your banners.

Manchester – 12:00 to 13.00 in Albert Square, Manchester. The theme is “Unions make work safer”. There will be music, a play, trade union and family speakers. In addition there will be an exhibition at the People’s History Museum and more events during the week.

Salford – Wreath-laying at the Workers Memorial stone and plaque situated on the lawn area between the Civic Centre main entrance and Unity House at 12.15 on Friday 27th April. Staff and Councillors wishing to remember those who have lost their lives through their work are welcome to attend the event.

Liverpool – Assemble at 11:30am at the Hod Carrier Memorial, Hunter Street (opposite the rear of Jack Jones House). Speeches from 11:45am, followed by wreath laying.

Liverpool – 11:00 (assemble 10:45) on the South Piazza of Georges Dock Building Pier Head L31DD (corner of Mann Island and the Strand) for commemoration and wreath-laying with speeches from 11:30 at St Nicholas Church off Chapel Street.

Preston – 12:00-13.00 at Flag Market, Preston Town Centre. Speeches followed by banner march behind piper to lay wreaths at the Peace Garden on Friargate and hotpot at Black Horse.

Wigan – 12 noon (assemble at 11:45) at Memorial Tree (adjacent Bridgeman Terrace gates) for minutes silence speeches and laying of wreaths. Guests invited for refreshments at Frederick’s Café Pavilion afterwards.


Edinburgh – The annual commemoration will take place at the workers memorial tree and plaque in West Princes Street Gardens, (EH2 2HG) commencing at 12.30.

Bonnybridge – A memorial event will be held by Midlothian TUC, with the support of Midlothian Council at the Michael McGahey Memorial in George V Park, Bonnyrigg EH19 2AD starting at 12.30.

Kilmarnock – Dean Castle Country Park, Dean Road, Kilmarnock (KA3 1XB) starting at 11.00, assembling at the Dowar House from 10.45.

Alexandria – The commemoration will take place at 14.00 in Christie Park, Middleton Street, Alexandria G83 0BF.

Glasgow – The event to mark the day will take place at 12 noon at the memorial adjacent to the People’s Palace and Winter Gardens.

Dundee – Meet at 12 noon at the memorial tree situated adjacent to Discovery Quay (DD1 4XA).

Falkirk – The Municipal Buildings in West Bridge Street (FK1 5RS) is the venue for the commemoration organised by Falkirk TUC, commencing at 12 noon.

Aberdeen – Please gather at the Persley Walled Garden, Bridge of Don, Aberdeen at 12.30 for the event at 13:00.

Bathgate (West Lothian) – The commemoration will take place at 12.30 at the memorial at Bathgate Sports Centre, Torpichen Road, Bathgate, (EH48 4LA). A light lunch will be served afterwards.

Hamilton (South Lanarkshire) – Will take place at the workers memorial situated at Almada Street/Beckford Street adjacent to the Council Headquarters (ML3 0AA) at 11.30.

Coatbridge – The annual commemoration will take place at the gates of Summerlee Industrial Museum at 12 noon.

Kirkcaldy – The annual event in Fife will take place in Beveridge Park, Kirkcaldy KY2 5PH at 11.00am.

Inverness – The first annual commemoration at the workers memorial in Inverness will take place at the memorial at Friars Shot/Huntly Street, IV3 8LF meeting at 12.45 for 13:00.

Irvine – 18.30 at the Memorial Garden, Kilwinning Road, Irvine. Meet from 18.15 at Wee Annie’s Shop in Kilwinning Road Irvine.


Aberavon – an event will take place at noon at the Memorial Garden, Sandfields Road, Aberavon.

Yorkshire and Humberside

Doncaster – Please meet at 11:30 at Sir Nigel Gresley Square, Civic offices, Doncaster.

Cleethorpes – starts at 15:00 at the Workers Memorial and tree in the Pier Gardens Alexandra Road Cleethorpes. Service Conducted By Rev Paul Hunter.

Grimsby – Starts at 13:00 at The Workers Memorial and Tree in the Grounds of the War Memorial Nunn’s Corner Grimsby. Service conducted By the Revd Canon Andrew Dodd.

Immingham – Starts at 10:00 at the Workers Memorial and tree in the Grounds of the War Memorial Pelham Road Immingham. Service Conducted By the Misters of The Immingham Churches.

Leeds – Friday 27th April on the steps of Leeds University Union building 12.30. There will be speeches, a one minute silence at 13:00 and then wreath-laying in St George’s field on the University campus by the workers memorial tree and bench.

Leeds – There will be an event on Friday 27 April, Leeds Art Gallery, the Headrow, Leeds, 11:45. It will include wreath laying and speakers.

Sheffield – Wreath laying ceremony and speeches outside Sheffield Town Hall, Pinstone Street 1230-1330. Will be opened by Lord Mayor with various speakers followed by a minute’s silence.

Rotherham – Sunday 29th April. Meet at 12 noon outside Rotherham Minster in town centre, with speeches and wreath laying.

Barnsley – Assemble at town hall steps by cenotaph at 12.15 for 12.30 memorial. Speakers include local MPs. Wreaths will be laid at WMD plaque in flower bed.

Bradford – Starts with a minutes silence at 12 noon in the Memorial Garden at the rear of City Hall. There will also be wreath laying and speakers. All welcome.

Halifax – There will be a workers’ memorial commemoration at 12:30 which will include the unveiling of a new permanent memorial outside the Central Library, Halifax. Banners and wreaths welcome. There will also be a programme of films in the library starting at 13:30.

Keighley – There will be an event in the Town Hall Square at 11:00.

South West

Bristol – There will be leafleting on the 26th April at commuter-time in the centre of Bristol to highlight the need to remove all asbestos in schools. 16.30-18:00 at the Fountains, opposite the Hippodrome, Bristol BS1 4UZ.

Gloucester – A short ceremony will be held between 11:00 and 12:00 on the 27th April at the Mariner’s church, Gloucester Docks, GL1 2EN.

Swindon – The local Trades Council will be leafleting in the Town Centre mid-morning and then be going up to the Mesothelioma Memorial Garden, Queens Park, Swindon for wreath laying at 13:00.

Yeovil – Workers’ Memorial Day will be observed at 18:00 at the plaque outside Unity Hall, 5 Central Rd, Yeovil BA20 1JL.

What you can do:

• Find out what is happening in your area on 28 April. You can make enquiries with other Unions and the trades council to see if there’s a local WMD event not listed above;

• If nothing is happening then get together with some of your colleagues and organise something. It can be a commemorative event or rally, a workplace meeting or just a small get-together;

• Organise a minute’s silence in your workplace on the day (because the 28th April is a Saturday, if your workplace is closed that day you may want to hold it on the Friday);

• Ask your local council, or any other public body, to fly official flags at half-mast on the day. Remember that the day is officially recognised by the government;

• Arrange an event such as planting a memorial tree in a public place, putting up a plaque, dedicating a sculpture, a piece of art, or a bench, to remember workers who have been killed at the workplace or in the community;

• If you are planning any events for the day, or you want to raise awareness about Workers’ Memorial Day on 28 April, then it is important you consider how you can best use local media both before and on the Day.

• Ask local religious centres to include Workers’ Memorial Day in their worship on the day;

• Distribute purple ‘forget-me-not’ ribbons, the symbol of Workers Memorial Day;

• Let people know about anything that happened in your area on the day. Use hashtag #IWMD18.

Resources (Stickers, Badges, Posters, Ribbons):-

For resources on Workers Memorial Day including ribbons and car stickers please contact the Greater Manchester Hazards centre at: Phone: 0161 636 7557

Yours sincerely

Dave Joyce
National Health, Safety & Environment Officer

18LTB240 Workers Memorial Day 28 April 2018 – List Of Events Unionised Workplaces Are Safety Workplaces

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TUC – Celebrating 40 Years of Union Safety Reps

TUC – Celebrating 40 Years of Union Safety Reps:

To: All Branches

Dear Colleagues,

It’s 40 years since trade union health and safety reps had a legal right under the 1977 SRSC Regulations to improve health and safety in the workplace. Let us celebrate the difference this has made to workplaces up and down the country.

What are we celebrating?

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 regulation for unions working in 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 let’s use the occasion to celebrate the massive difference we have made.

The 40th anniversary of the Safety Reps Regulations has been used to celebrate union health and safety reps and as previously notified to safety reps, the campaign was launched last October on National Inspection Day and runs through to finish on Workers Memorial Day on 28th April 2018.

Although much of the campaign has been grounded in celebrating the past successes of union safety reps, it will also focus on the future, making the case for union involvement in health and safety over the coming 40 years.

Union safety reps are the key to a safe and healthy workplace

Safety reps are the most effective tool that we have in ensuring good health and safety at work, because organised workplaces are safer workplaces. We now have around 100,000 trade union safety representatives and the work that they do:

• helps reduce injuries at work

• leads to reductions in the levels of ill health caused by work

• encourages greater reporting of injuries and near-misses

• makes workers more confident

• helps develop a more positive safety culture in the organisation

• saves the economy many millions of pounds.

We need Union Safety Reps and Strong Union Safety Organisation today as much as ever

At a time when health and safety is under attack by politicians who see good regulation as ‘red tape’, by employers who ride roughshod over the laws, and by a big fall in inspections and enforcement, we need trade unions and their safety reps more than ever before.

The only employers who fear safety reps are those who want to cut corners and take risks with workers’ lives. Good employers are already working with unions: they need the rest to start recognising the benefits that unions can bring. Government needs to stop attacking unions and instead do more to ensure that employers are consulting with unions so that everyone can have the benefits that unions bring.

Meet The Unions@40 Safety Rep Case studies as:-

Safety Reps @40 leaflet attached.

Yours sincerely

Dave Joyce
National Health, Safety & Environment Officer

18LTB239 TUC – Celebrating 40 Years of Union Safety Reps

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Important Information Regarding Changes to Access to SAGE Online – Branch Accounts 

Important Information Regarding Changes to Access to SAGE Online – Branch Accounts

Further to LTB 178/18 dated 27th March 2018.

Following the publication of the above LTB I need to advise Branches that we have recently experienced a critical failure with the Sage Instant Accounts server which resulted in the server having to be rebuilt.

I can now confirm that this problem has now been fixed and branches should now be able to access their Sage Accounts.

As previously advised the new url is The user name remains the same i.e. branch code, however branches will be prompted to enter a unique password of their choice before they can gain access into their accounts.

Please ensure that you remember your password for future use.

For your further assistance I have attached the instructions to cover the majority of the various messages you may come across if you have to install Citrix Receiver.

If you have any further enquiries relating to the Sage Accounts package then please contact Linda McNamara on 0208 971 7337 or via email

If the problem relates to issues regarding the logging on process to Sage then please contact the IT Helpdesk on 0208 971 7229 or via email

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

Yours sincerely,

Tony Kearns
Senior Deputy General Secretary


Installation Instructions for access to Sage Branch Accounts

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Further to LTB 185/18 we have had further meetings and conference calls with Royal Mail.

The discussions to date have included the impact of the new Occupational Health Contract introduced by Royal Mail, decisions taken around the Equality Act within the Attendance Agreement, lack of proper justification given when managers are issuing Attendance Reviews, Contact Strategy not being adhered to and threats to / actual stoppage of pay.

During our meetings we have made progress and it is agreed we will jointly undertake the following:

Joint Visit to HR Service Centre – Sheffield

On Thursday 19th April we will visit HR Service Centre in Sheffield with Royal Mail.

The visit will encompass the following:-

  • Gain a full understanding of the team structures within Sheffield.
  • Understand the referral step process for Occupational Health Referrals including how referrals are received, what options are looked at prior to a decision being made about whether an Occupation Health meeting / consultation is permitted. If it is not permitted, who provides advice to the Manager and what advice is given?
  • Meet with Members of OH Assist / first class support to discuss and understand the OH services, including services employees can access directly.


An e-Learning product relating to the Equality Act is being designed and will be available with effect from May 2018. It is intended that this product will be made available to managers and union representatives once launched.

The Attendance Agreement

There will be a joint statement ensuring compliance to the reaffirming the terms and spirit of the Attendance Agreement.

Contact Strategy

The joint statement on the contact strategy will be updated and reissued to ensure that appropriate contact in line with the Agreement is maintained during periods of absence.

Training Review

We are currently reviewing a number of cases to establish where learning/training opportunities exist and can be provided.

Guidance for dealing with Attendance Reviews

Re-training and re-communication of the Attendance Review Meetings Guide will take place. If the manager decides to issue a formal notification they should ensure that the process set out in the Attendance Policy has been followed including providing rationale for their decision and any actions agreed.

We will keep you informed of progress via further Letters to Branches.

Any enquiries regarding the content of this LTB should be addressed to the PTCS Department, quoting reference number 415

Yours sincerely

Ray Ellis

Assistant Secretary

18LTB232 Attendance Agreement – Update

CWU Consolidated Accounts 2017 

CWU Consolidated Accounts 2017

Further to LTB 195/18 dated 5th April 2018 which invited questions to the 2017 CWU Accounts, at the closing time the following questions had been submitted by Harrow and District Amalgamated Branch, Somerset, Devon and Cornwall Branch and Greater Mersey Amalgamated Branch.

The following questions were received from the Harrow and District Amalgamated Branch:

Q1. Has there been any income from Unionline and if so where is this shown in the accounts.

No income has been received from Unionline.

Q2. Notes to accounts 17 Related Party Transactions it states that the CWU made an unsecured loan of £273.250 (other debtors note 8) was the same unsecured loan also made in 2016?

The CWU has loaned a total of £273,250.00p to Unionline.

Q3. In addition there is accumulated interest of £61,140. It is also noted that the CWU recharged for staff and admin costs relating to activities of Unionline. What is the total amount of unsecured loans to Unionline since its set up and what is the total owed by Unionline to the CWU; Where is this shown within the accounts?

The CWU has loaned a total of £273,250.00p to Unionline. This has accrued interest of £61,140. The total owed by Unionline to the CWU is the total of these two figures i.e. £334,389.54p. This figure is included in note 8 “OtherDebtors”.

Q4. Finally is there a financial risk to the Union should Unionline fail?

The financial risk to the CWU should Unionline “fail” would be the total of the loan detailed in answers 2 and 3 above i.e. £273,250.00p.

The following questions were received from the Somerset Devon & Cornwall Branch:

Q1. The compensation referred to in the document, what are the CWU compensating the key management personnel for? Page 22, paragraph 16 Key Management Personnel “Key management compensation of £260,256 (2016: £253,477) was paid in the year. A key management personnel is defined as the roles of General Secretary and Senior Deputy General Secretary”.

The reason we disclose Key Management Personnel is to comply with Financial Reporting Standards, FRS 102. Key Management Personnel comes under a section called “Related Party Disclosures” within FRS 102. The extract from FRS 102 reads as follows.

Disclosure of key management personnel compensation 33.6 Key management personnel are those persons having authority and responsibility for planning, directing and controlling the activities of the entity, directly or indirectly, including any director (whether executive or otherwise) of that entity. Compensation includes all employee benefits (as defined in Section 28 Employee Benefits) including those in the form of share-based payments (see Section 26 Share-based Payment). Employee benefits include all forms of consideration paid, payable or provided by the entity, or on behalf of the entity (e.g. by its parent or by a shareholder), in exchange for services rendered to the entity. It also includes such consideration paid on behalf of a parent of the entity in respect of goods or services provided to the entity.

33.7 An entity shall disclose key management personnel compensation in total.

Accordingly the sum referred to contains the total of all employment costs (salaries, employers National Insurance Contributions, employers pension contributions) for those roles.

Q2. Why do the CWU only spend just over £86K onorganising & recruitment whereby on international activities, it is in the region of £404k, the opening statement made by Tony Kearns in regard to the financial situation the CWU finds itself in is highlighted and reliant on recruiting new members!!!

The CWU does not “only” spend just over £86K on Organising & Recruitment. That section of the accounts refers only to one portion of the spend in this area. The majority of the sum referred to (£75K) is for expenditure on Travel & Subsistence for undertaking recruitment and organising activity by the employed Organisers and for bought in merchandise (£9.8K).

Within the Salaries section of the accounts (Section T page 30) is included an amount of £725,303 for the 13 Organisers we employ.

Within the TFS Constituency there are a number of Regional Organising Committees. The cost of these forms a part of the overall Telecom and Financial Services Budget. Accordingly CWU HQ expenditure on this issue across all budget areas is not “only” £86K but is in excess of £800K per annum. This is separate to the money spent by the union at Branch level.

The following question was received from the Greater Mersey Amalgamated Branch:

Q1. Please could you give a separate breakdown of expenditure of the following committees: NEC, T&FS Industrial Executive and Postal Industrial Executive toinclude any substitution costs, subsistence, travel costs and central billing.

The information requested is stored on a number of different finance systems at CWU Headquarters. To be able to produce the information as requested will take a number of days as it requires input from a number of different staffmembers within the Finance dept. As a result it will not be possible to answer this question in full prior to General Conference 2018.

Work on compiling the information requested will take place during conference week and the full detailed answer will be circulated to Branches via LTB week commencing 30th April 2018.

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

Yours sincerely,

Tony Kearns
Senior Deputy General Secretary


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