CWU History and Heritage Project

CWU History and Heritage Project

From time to time Branches and individual members contact the General Secretary’s Department regarding the storage and preservation of important historical Branch records and archives, which may be in danger of being lost or destroyed as a consequence of the changes taking place in our industries and the associated relocations of workplaces and Branches etc.

As a result, we have been considering how we preserve the history and heritage of CWU and its predecessor unions; and to do this we are launching a CWU History and Heritage Project.

It is extremely important that the union’s history is persevered and that future generations of trade unionists are given the opportunity to study and learn from the experiences of previous generations of workers.

The union’s archives are currently housed in Warwick University but many Branches have historic documents in their Branch offices and there is a concern that these may be inadvertently lost or destroyed when Branches or workplaces are relocated. Alternatively, such documentation may become damaged as a consequence of their age or how they are stored. We are aware that some Branches have minute books, documents and periodicals dating back to World War I, from the unions that were the forerunners of the CWU. We are also aware that Branch banners are occasionally replaced. With all these items it is important that they are not damaged or destroyed but are instead preserved as a record of the union’s history.

We understand that some Branches may be reluctant to part with what they consider to be part of their own Branch archives. However, other Branches have expressed the view that the national union should provide a facility for Branches to store their historical documentation centrally. This will ensure that documentation and artefacts are catalogued and preserved in a safe and secure environment, whilst also recognising that Branches and individuals would still be able to access their own Branch archives when necessary.

To get this project off the ground, I have asked my former Policy Adviser and Retired Member, Norman Candy, to oversee this important work. Any individuals or Branches willing to assist in developing the project can do so in two ways. Firstly, individuals who want to participate in the project should contact Norman on 07986 846 679 and at a suitable point we will convene a meeting to discuss the best way to shape the project going forward. Secondly, Branches or individuals who have historical documents or artefacts that they would like to store and preserve using a central facility, should also contact Norman on the same number.

I am sure that Branches and representatives will recognise the importance of this CWU History and Heritage Project and your co-operation in making this a success will be much appreciated.

Further information will be sent out in due course.

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

Yours sincerely

Dave Ward

General Secretary

18LTB300 – CWU HISTORY AND HERITAGE PROJECT

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National Hazards Conference 2018 – ‪Friday 27th to Sunday 29th July 2018‬

National Hazards Conference 2018 – Friday 27th to Sunday 29th July 2018, at Keele University, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire:  Safety Reps @40: Vital to the Future of Safe and Healthy Work

The 29th National Hazards Conference takes place at Keele University, from Friday 27th to Sunday 29th July 2018 and the CWU is once again pleased to be supporting and sponsoring this unique and popular event for Trade Union Safety Representatives.

Hazards Conference is the UK’s biggest and best educational and organising event for trade union safety reps and activists. It consists of a mixture of plenary sessions, meetings and a comprehensive workshop programme. It gives delegates the opportunity to exchange experience and information with, and learn from, safety reps and activists from other unions, sectors and jobs across the UK.

2017 was a significant year for our workplace health and safety. The Grenfell Tower fire was a shocking example of the consequences of the government’s ‘bonfire of health and safety regulations’. It was an ‘enough is enough’ moment! After decades of undermining the HSE and LA enforcement bodies through savage cuts in funding and arbitrary policy changes, critical fire, building, product, environmental and workplace safety laws have been unjustifiably and insanely changed and trade unions have been undermined through draconian legislative changes with an aim to shackle their collective and organisational effectiveness. The Government is attempting to silence critics and exclude many experts and interested parties from the public inquiry into Grenfell turning it into a whitewash.

But 2017 was not all bad news. This was also the year we started our celebrations of 40 years of SRSC regulation. One of the most important pieces of health and safety legislation in the UK. The SRSC give safety reps their statutory rights to inspect, consult their members, challenge their employers and improve health, safety and welfare in their workplaces. We have also seen a number of prominent safety based disputes: the courageous McDonald strikers took industrial action to increase their low pay and improve their health and safety at work, and the determination of the railway workers fighting to keep our guards on the trains.

Technological changes have also featured heavily in the news throughout the year as employers seek to squeeze more and more profit out of their organisations. Automation shouldn’t be a tool to beat or exclude workers, it should be an opportunity to support and improve our society, to cut and improve our working hours, to provide a better life work balance with enough income to support our additional leisure time. It should be an opportunity to improve our health and life expectancy. Automation should be about sharing the opportunities for the community and not grabbing the surpluses for the greedy few. It should aim to improve the health, safety and welfare of all workers.

Hazards 2018 will be addressing some of the most important issues facing workers, it will provide practical skills, improved knowledge and give delegates a new confidence to support their roles in the workplace.

The booking form is up on the Hazards Campaign website now:

http://www.hazardscampaign.org.uk/blog/hazards-conference-2018-booking-form

Also on the Hazards Campaign website http://www.hazardscampaign.org.uk/ sign up for updates on the right hand side of the page.

Hazards 2018 Workshops, Seminars & Meetings:

The opening plenary session with keynote speakers is on Friday evening and the closing plenary is on Sunday morning. There is no Saturday plenary. Saturday is a day for workshops, seminars and meetings ending with campaign sessions.

One of the Campaign Sessions this Year will be organised and presented by CWU Health and Safety Reps on ‘Driving for a Living’. This will be supported by the CWU Health, Safety & Environment Department and additionally there will be a CWU Stall in the Hazards Conference Exhibition Area highlighting safety issues around mental health, dangerous dogs, staying safe in the sun etc. Safety regions are invited to forward any spare literature and merchandise they may have to stock the stall throughout the weekend. Please contact Andrew Hickerman (andrew.s.hickerman@royalmail.com) or Tony Pedel (pedelsafety17@hotmail.co.uk) who will advise on delivery details.

The final plenary on Sunday will pull it all together and send safety reps off with more tools in the kit. This year the workshops, seminars and meetings are themed to provide a concentrated examination of all the key issues. Read the form carefully before you fill it in. Contact the organisers if you need help or further information.

There are three Themes to choose from with 6 workshops in each Theme. Choose 2 workshops and one reserve. Also choose one Meeting. Two weeks before Hazards conference begins, the organisers will send delegates a list of Campaign Sessions to select from with final joining instructions, and delegates can then sign up for the Campaign Sessions at registration. Delegates will be posted the programme and more details to supplement the brief outline on the attached registration form and at: http://www.hazardscampaign.org.uk

Below are the outline details of the Conference keynote meetings and workshop sessions:-

Hazards Conference Keynote Meetings:

Choose ONE Meeting and enter No. 1, 2 or 3 in the box on Registration form

Meeting 1: From menstruation to menopause! Why do we need a gender sensitive approach to occupational safety and health?

Women face similar health, safety and welfare issues as men, and also other hazards due to sex/gender role differences. We will explore the risk to women’s health and safety at work from menstruation to menopause and beyond caused by inadequate gender neutral risk assessments and policies and share good practice, information and action by women safety reps. We will examine the key issues, inadequate protection from chemicals and shift work, poor job design, pregnancy and maternity discrimination, sexual harassment and how we can organise against them, and recruit more women safety reps!

Meeting 2: How do we challenge the consequences of privatisation, commercialisation and marketisation alongside the deregulation agenda and the selective enforcement of health and safety laws?

Privatisation, outsourcing, zero hours contracts, agency workers, many people do not know who they are working for or what contractual rights they have and this is prevalent across all different sectors, professions and jobs. Alongside this a lack of enforcement from HSE, LA’s and other enforcing bodies because of cuts to these services. We need to develop better strategies to keep us all safe at work.

Meeting 3: Why is transparency in the supply chain necessary in advancing the health, safety and welfare of workers both nationally and internationally?

Slavery was outlawed many years ago, but is still an endemic problem in many industries and parts of the world. Here in the UK there have been cases of workers with passports confiscated working and living in slum conditions. There have also been many exposés in the agriculture and clothes industry, where workers are being employed in the most horrendous conditions and their health and safety totally disregarded. This meeting will explore what we can do in the UK to challenge these inhumane practices and advance health and safety for all workers.

Meeting 4: Is mental ill health a consequence of the intensification of working practices and bad management in our workplaces and what should we do about it?

Mental health has become a talking point in the UK. In workplaces we have mental health first aiders, well-being sessions and a growth of individual treatments and solutions for workers unable to cope with the pressures they face. A whole industry has built up around mental ill health with organisations making money through training, publications, treatments etc. This meeting will explore the causes of mental illness at work and the difference between collective and individual solutions in making us better.

Hazards Conference Workshops (Select two plus one reserve from your chosen theme)

Theme 1 Workplace organisation

01 Reps’ functions and employers’ duties

What are health and safety reps functions? How do we ensure safety reps are able to carry them out and be more effective?

02 Safety committees: what do we need?

How do we ensure safety committees work effectively and proactively? How do we ensure that health and safety issues are not marginalised and dealt with as part of the bargaining agenda?

03 Resources and creative action for safety reps

What resources are available for safety reps and how can they be used to support their role. Creating effective newsletters, posters and leaflets.

04 Supporting health and safety reps

Some Trade union reps face victimisation, when they are trying to sup-port their members and also suffering from their own work related stress. How do we support safety reps and what preventative measures can be put in place to protect reps from being harmed?

05 Workplace Inspections

The workshop focuses on preparing for regular workplace inspections; explains the resources and tools you need, plus checklist development; recording & reporting the results of the inspection and follow-up action.

06 Investigating incidents and injuries

Good investigation ensures problems are identified and further harm is prevented. This workshop will look at key steps for incident investigation, and give you the tools you need to undertake inspections effectively.

Theme 2 Dealing with risks

07 Identifying Hazards/Risk, Hierarchy of control

Risk assessment is the statutory foundation for employer working practices. Employer’s duties, how to carry out risk assessment, the hierarchy of control and failures. How do we ensure safety reps play an effective role?

08 Violence faced by workers

Workers are facing increasingly violent situations in their working environment. Care workers, ambulance workers, teachers, lone workers, hospitality workers retail workers etc. are all experiencing violence. This workshop will examine solutions and good practice in keeping us all safe at work.

09 Fire risk Inspections

Fire service enforcers are tough on employer failures to assess fire risks. What are the standards employers must meet? What guidance is available? How to get employers to ensure fire safety at work?

10 Air pollution—external and internal

Exposure to cocktail of chemicals at work, home, and in the environment is making us ill. We need a strategic approach to eliminating & reducing our exposure using REACH, COSHH, Toxics Use Reduction, Zero Carcinogens, and air pollution campaigns.

11 Driving for a living

Long hours, heavy and precarious loads, lack of welfare, bullying and poorly maintained vehicles. Delivering to inaccessible buildings, tracking and surveillance. What can we do to challenge this?

12 New technology and new ways of working

Identifying the hazards and risks from digital technologies, including musculo skeletal disorders, stress, surveillance and control. How can the law help, how to assess the risks and organise to prevent harm.

Theme 3 Challenging Employers agenda

13 Sacked for capability:

How sickness absence is being used as a punitive measure to reduce the workforce and control workers. What can we do to challenge this? Presenteeism is also causing harm and illness, how do we challenge this?

14 Resisting resilience & individual well-being schemes

Resilience and individual wellbeing, counselling & other schemes divert attention from collective preventative action. How do we re-focus action on prevention & ensure reps are not diverted?

15 Getting enforcement to work for us Government restriction on enforcement limit what inspectors can do. There are fewer HSE and local authority inspectors, fewer proactive inspections. What can they still do and how do we get help from inspectors when we need it?

16 Intensification of work and workplace bullying:

Work is intensifying, creating a hostile, bullying working environment and causing long term harm. How do we identify and challenge the hazards causing us real harm at work?

17 Challenging work related stress—mapping and the management standards

Mapping is an effective tool to help reps identify health and safety risks and put pressure on management to carry out effective risk assessments using the Management Stress Standards to prevent work-related stress and other injuries.

18 Precarious work

Zero hours, temporary contracts, agency work, outsourcing and low pay are spreading throughout UK workplaces undermining hard won H&S conditions and standards. How do we use H&S arguments and methods to organise against them.

How to apply for Hazards 2018

See attached Registration Form. The closing date for applications is Friday 6th July 2018

Choose 2 workshops plus a reserve within one of the Themes, and one Meeting. Put your choices in the appropriate boxes on the form. Arrange your delegate fee, complete the registration form, and send it to Hazards together with your cheque payable to Hazards 2018. If you want to pay by BACS contact Hazards for their account details to make the payment.

Notification

Hazards will acknowledge your application within a few days of receiving it. If applicants don’t hear from the organisers within two weeks of sending in their form, contact the organisers (contact details below).

Conference timings and registration

Hazards opening plenary starts at 7.30pm on Friday 27th July, and conference ends at 12.30pm on Sunday 29th July, followed by packed lunch. Delegate registration is from 1.00pm – 7.30pm on Friday 27th July, and between 7.30am – 9.00am on Saturday morning, 28th July.

For more information, clarification or queries, contact:-

Hazards 2018

C/o Greater Manchester Hazards Centre

Windrush Millennium Centre

70 Alexandra Road

Manchester M16 7WD

Telephone: 0161 636 7558

Fax: 0161 636 7556

Email: hazconf@gmhazards.org.uk

So there’s a lot to find out, discuss and debate, and a lot to do to defend health and safety and safe workplaces and our union organisation. Attend the Hazards Conference to hear and learn more about the problems we face and what needs to be done.

Full details are contained in the attached pdf Conference Registration Form. Hard copies will be distributed to Branches and Regional Health and Safety Forums.

For more conference event information about the programme visit the 2018 Hazards Conference pages on the Hazards Campaign website at:

http://www.hazardscampaign.org.uk

For clarification or queries, contact Hazards at: telephone 0161 636 7558 or e-mail: hazconf@gmhazards.org.uk

Yours sincerely

 

Dave Joyce
National Health, Safety & Environment Officer

18LTB298 National Hazards Conference 2018 – Friday 27th to Sunday 29th July 2018

Hazards 2018 Conference Booking Form

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QUADRANT PAY CLAIM & BALLOT ARRANGEMENTS

QUADRANT PAY CLAIM & BALLOT ARRANGEMENTS

Dear Colleagues

Branches will be aware that the department has been in protracted negotiations with the business in respect of the 2017/19 pay review for our Quadrant members.

The negotiating strategy throughout was to ensure that our members were properly rewarded for their efforts and commitment to the business and to ensure that pay in real terms was protected in relation to rises in the cost of living. Discussions proved extremely difficult and were complicated by the fact that in April 2018 the up rating of the National Living Wage required an adjustment to the hourly rate for our C Grade members, which happened in advance of a final agreed settlement.

We are pleased to announce however that our discussions have now concluded with an 18 month agreement negotiated to cover the period commencing 1st October 2017 to 1st April 2019.

The agreement maximises phased, consolidated rises in hourly rates and a reduction in working time for Full Time employees (with associated increases in hourly rate for PT employees). Hourly pay rates rise by 5.4%, which matches the forecast for inflation as measured by RPI over the period of the agreement.

Below for the information of Branches are details of the agreement that has been achieved and endorsed as worthy of recommendation to our members by the Postal Executive:

THE QUADRANT PAY & REWARD AGREEMENT 2017/19

Ø 1% consolidated increase to basic/regional pay rates effective 1st October 2017.

Ø 3% consolidated increase to basic/regional pay rates effective 1st April 2018 (based on 31st March 2018 basic pay rate for Grade C, National Pay Area, employees 2018).

Ø ½ hour reduction in the FTE working week effective 1st January 2019 (the associated consolidated increase in hourly rate applied to basic/regional pay rates from this date).

Ø Additional x2 weeks paternity pay.

Ø Proactive employment enrolment into our ‘Perks at Work’ scheme.

For clarity for our C Grade members the 3% increase from the 1st April 2018 incorporates the increase already applied by the business to align with the National Living Wage from that date.

The next pay review will be 1stApril 2019.

Branches are informed that the arrangements for an individual member’s ballot in respect of the Quadrant Pay agreement 2017/19 have now been finalised with the SDG(S) department and the timetable will be as follows:

Ballot Papers Dispatched: Friday, 18th May 2018.

Ballot Closes: Wednesday, 6th June 2018.

Branch Secretaries are requested to ensure that our members are made aware of the content of this LTB and that every effort is made to encourage our members to use their vote.

Any enquiries in relation to this LTB should be addressed to Davie Robertson, Assistant Secretary, email: dwyatt@cwu.org or shayman@cwu.org quoting reference number: 301.06.

Yours sincerely

Davie Robertson

Assistant Secretary

LTB 291-18 – Quadrant Pay Claim & Ballot Arrangements 14-05-18

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PORTABLE HEARING LOOPS AVAILABLE TO BRANCHES

PORTABLE HEARING LOOPS AVAILABLE TO BRANCHES

As part of our Union Learning Funded project we have a number of portable hearing loops that we would like to offer out to branches. They are intended to ensure that all members are able to benefit from the learning opportunities offered by the CWU, which would include briefings on IR issues and meetings where such matters were discussed as well as more traditional structured learning events. They are being offered to all branches on a first come first served basis.

If you would like a portable hearing loop for your branch please contact pdovey@cwu.org and we will arrange for them to be sent out as soon as possible.

Yours sincerely,

Trish Lavelle

Head of Education & Training

18LTB 292 – Portable Hearing Loops available to Branches

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Royal Mail Group May 2018, Bi-Monthly Road Safety Campaign, Launch W/C ‪21 May 2018‬ – “Seat Belts”

Royal Mail Group May 2018, Bi-Monthly Road Safety Campaign, Launch W/C 21 May 2018 – “Seat Belts”

It’s compulsory to wear a seat belt at all times when driving a Royal Mail Vehicle. The law and Royal Mail policy apply to drivers and passengers who must wear their seat belts.

Seatbelts can help to save lives. They are important safety features that, like air bags, help to protect a driver or passenger in a collision and minimise injuries. Those who do not wear their seatbelts while in a vehicle put themselves at greater risk of severe injury or even death. It is also a legal requirement and has been since 1983. Royal Mail Vehicle Drivers are NOT exempt!

Seat belts are designed to retain people in their seats, and so prevent or reduce injuries suffered in a crash. They ensure that as little contact is made between the occupant and vehicle interior as possible and significantly reduce the risk of being thrown from a vehicle.

Seat belts are designed to work as the key part of wider injury prevention measures and safety systems, such as airbags and head restraints, which will not be as effective in reducing the risk of injury if an occupant is not wearing a seat belt.

Seatbelts are reported to save over 2,000 lives per year. In the event of a serious collision, you are twice as likely to die if you are not wearing a seatbelt.

Worryingly, Royal Mail drivers and passengers are increasingly being found to not be wearing a seatbelt and are in breach of the law. During observations of drivers last year, 669 drivers or passengers were observed not wearing a seatbelt; an increase of 54% on the previous year.

Facts:

• Drivers and front seat passengers must wear a seat belt – it only takes 5 seconds to belt up.

• All drivers must wear their seat belts all the time to comply with Royal Mail’s standard – if you are moving belt up.

• The fixed penalty for failing to wear a seat belt as a driver or passenger is a £100 fine.

• If the case is taken to court, you could face a fine of up to £500.

• A number of Royal Mail Drivers have been fined for not wearing their seat belt.

Wearing a seat belt correctly:

In order to wear a seat belt safely, the following points should be adhered to:

• The belt should be worn as tight as possible, with no slack.

• The lap belt should go over the pelvic region, not the stomach.

• The diagonal strap should rest over the shoulder, not the neck.

• Nothing should obstruct the smooth movement of the belt by trapping it.

Damaged seat belts:

Seat belts should be regularly checked for damage, this forms part of the driver’s vehicle checks. Common forms of damage to the seat belt that will reduce its effectiveness in an accident:

• Fraying or fluffing around the edges of the seat belt.

• A cut which causes the fabric to split.

• A hole in the seat belt.

• Damage to the buckle.

• Report any faults found during vehicle checks before using the vehicle.

Managers’ responsibilities:

Managers must carry out driving and yard checks to reinforce positive safe behaviours through coaching. During this campaign they should concentrate vehicle checks on drivers and check they are wearing their seat belts.

If the vehicle is moving, belt up!

All drivers must wear their seatbelt at all times whenever driving or travelling for Royal Mail Group. There are no exceptions regardless of whether they are in the yard, reversing, on private and public roads/property, or travelling only short distances. If the vehicle is moving, belt up!

Film, Poster & WTLL:

There is a film to be shown to drivers to reinforce the consequences of failing to wear a seat belt. A poster (see attached) will be displayed (sent out to all offices on 16 May 2018) and a WTLL will be delivered (copy attached). An RMTV session will also run during the campaign.

IMPORTANT NOTE: The Campaign is not tied to just one week and we want the focus on the campaign to be sustainable so ASRs, SHE team and Operational Managers can focus on the issue and programme the WTLL and Poster distribution with best effect to most suitable local timetables and arrangements – followed up and kept in focus regularly.

Royal Mail and the CWU agree that the safety of the workforce is paramount. Vehicle and driver safety, road risk, avoiding accidents and injuries are top priorities for us all.

Please support this Road Safety Campaign – Would ASRs and WSRs pro-actively engage the SHE Team and Operational managers to get involved and lift the profile of the Campaign in line with the RMG/CWU Joint Agreements and Joint Statements on H&S. Thanks for your support.

Any Management enquiries should be directed to Sandra Baxx RM Group Driver Capability and Behaviour Manager Mobile: 07703314463 Email: sandra.baxx@royalmail.com

Attachments:

• WTLL

• Poster

Yours sincerely

Dave Joyce
National Health, Safety & Environment Officer

18LTB290 Royal Mail Group May 2018, Bi-Monthly Road Safety Campaign, Launch WC 21 May 2018 – Seat Belts

WTLL Road Safety Campaign – Seat Belts – May 2018 Final

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Mental Health Awareness Week ‪14-20 May 2018‬ – “Stress”

Mental Health Awareness Week 14-20 May 2018 – “Stress”

Dear Colleagues,

For one week each May, the Mental Health Foundation (MHF) campaigns around a specific theme for Mental Health Awareness Week. The theme for this year’s campaign, which runs from 14-20 May, will be “Stress”.

The Mental Health Foundation, this year is focusing on stress. Research has shown that two thirds of us experience a mental health problem in our lifetimes, and stress is a key factor in this.

By tackling stress, we can go a long way to tackle mental health problems such as anxiety and depression, and, in some instances, self-harm and suicide. The MHF is looking at how we can tackle stress and help improve our mental health.

A new MHF Report “Stress Are We Coping?” has been published and this report looks at the prevalence of stress in the UK and its implications. It also focuses on what we can do to manage and reduce stress and the MHF recommendations for the government in creating a stress-free UK.

Stress often leads to depression, anxiety, self-harm and suicide. It can also lead to physical health problems such as cardiovascular disease and joint and muscle problems.

How many people are stressed?

The MHF reports that information on how many people in the UK population as a whole are affected by stress is very limited. However, the new MHF survey found that over the past year, almost three quarters (74%) of people have at some point felt so stressed that they felt overwhelmed or unable to cope. The survey, commissioned by the Mental Health Foundation and undertaken by YouGov, polled 4,169 adults in the UK in 2018.

To explore these figures in more depth, see attached full report.

MHF recommendations to the UK Government for less stressed nation are:-

1 Health and social care professionals should assess and address the psychological and other stressors experienced by people living with long-term physical health conditions.

2 People presenting to a ‘first point of contact’ service in distress should receive a compassionate and trauma-informed response, regardless of where they live in the country.

3 Government and the Health & Safety Executive must ensure that employers treat physical and psychological hazards in the workplace equally and help employers recognise and address psychological hazards in the workplace under existing legislation.

4 Governments across the UK should introduce a minimum of two mental health days for every public sector worker.

5 Mental health literacy should be a core competency in teacher training. This should be combined with rolling out mental health literacy support for pupils in schools across the UK to embed a ‘whole-school approach’ to mental health and wellbeing.

6 The government should conduct an impact assessment of welfare reform and austerity programmes on mental health.

7 More research is needed on the prevalence of stress in the population, and on how the experience of stress can be reduced at the community and societal level.

To explore the recommendations in more depth, see attached full report

The facts and figures around Mental Health in the UK are alarming.

• 1 in 4 people will experience some kind of mental health problem in the course of a year.

• Mixed anxiety and depression is the most common mental disorder in Britain.

• Women are more likely to have been treated for a mental health problem than men.

• About 10% of children have a mental health problem at any one time.

• Depression affects 1 in 5 older people.

• Suicides rates show that British men are three times as likely to die by suicide than British women.

• Self-harm statistics for the UK show one of the highest rates in Europe: 400 per 100,000 population.

• Only 1 in 10 prisoners has no mental disorder.

Physical Activity and Wellbeing

Physical activity is often described as something we ‘ought to do’ to avoid developing health problems such as diabetes and heart disease. What’s less often explained is the huge potential it has to enhance happiness and quality of life and reduce mental illness. The 2013 Mental Health Awareness Week theme was physical health and wellbeing and it aimed to shift motivation for physical activity to something we choose to do to increase our wellbeing.

For people in distress or in need immediate help

The Samaritans offer emotional support 24 hours a day, and you can contact them using the following methods:

Call 08457 90 90 90

Or email: jo@samaritans.org

Supporting Your Colleagues At Work

Work is a major part of our lives. It is where we spend much of our time, where we may have most contact with other people, where we make our living and where we sometimes make our friends. Having a fulfilling job is good for your mental health and general wellbeing. At times people go through tough times at work. Someone you work with may be feeling distressed, saying they are at the end of their tether, experiencing panic attacks or a mental health problem like depression, whether or not they are under a doctor. ‘Emotional crisis’, ‘nervous breakdown’ or ‘mental health problem’ – we may describe these experiences differently, but the important thing is that there are ways that, as colleagues, we can help. However powerless you may feel at first, knowing the basics about how to support a colleague can really help you – and them. Although you can’t solve your colleague’s problems, there are a few simple steps you can take. Support and care can make a huge difference to their ability to cope.

Work-Related Stress

Most of us have felt “stressed out” at one time or another. When this feeling persists day after day, stress becomes chronic. Chronic stress can take a toll on our work, on our quality of life and on our bodies, making us susceptible to a host of illnesses. In fact, what many of us don’t realize—and what medical researchers are confirming in study after study—is that our stress levels are directly linked to our physical well-being. Many of our visits to the GP’s Surgery concern stress-related ailments. Huge numbers of workers are hiding mental health conditions from their employers because they fear it will affect their career. A recent report showed that two out of five have suffered from stress, anxiety or depression in the past year and not told their boss. More than one in four of those surveyed said they had taken a day off sick and claimed that it was for a physical rather than mental health problem. The most common cause of stress was excessive workload, followed by frustration with poor management and long working hours, studies have found. More than half of those polled said their career prospects would be damaged if they were open about stress or anxiety. Younger workers were more likely to suffer from depression, anxiety or stress, said the report.

Mental Health Foundation – Further Information

The Mental Health Foundation focuses on everyone’s mental health and works across all age ranges – young people, adults and older people – whatever their condition or circumstance. Research and practical evaluation lie at the heart of what they do. This evidence-based approach helps them recognise the key issues affecting the nation’s mental health and wellbeing. The organisation uses this knowledge to:

• improve policy and practice in mental health

• campaign to raise awareness and remove stigma

• provide high quality advice and information to help people better manage their mental health and wellbeing

• provide practical solutions to improve the quality and access to mental health services in the UK.

For more information go to the Mental Health Foundation Website at:- http://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/

Yours sincerely

Dave Joyce
National Health, Safety & Environment Officer

18LTB289 Mental Health Awareness Week 14-20 May 2018 – Stress

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TUC New Deal for Workers Demo – Thank You and Next Steps

TUC New Deal for Workers Demo – Thank You and Next Steps

 I would like to thank all of our Branches, Representatives and members who mobilised for and attended the demonstration on Saturday.

The CWU turnout was simply outstanding and by far the biggest we have ever had for an event of this nature. Furthermore, the banners, noise and union colours worn by our delegates gave us a vibrancy that really did make us standout on the day. The event was another sign that the CWU is in a good place, with a clear direction on our New Deal for Workers Campaign.

The march was well covered by the media and some of the articles can be found in the links below. The CWU sponsored Morning Star cover was a success with over 5,000 picked up in London on Saturday. We have arranged for copies of this edition to be dispatched to all branches in the next few days.

http://www.itv.com/news/2018-05-12/tens-of-thousands-join-march-urging-new-deal-for-workers/

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/demonstration-london-jeremy-corbyn-tuc-wage-squeeze-austerity-minimum-wage-a8348636.html

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-44093870

https://www.standard.co.uk/news/politics/tuc-new-deal-protest-jeremy-corbyn-joins-thousands-calling-for-change-in-workers-rights-and-public-a3837436.html

https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/politics/tens-thousands-people-take-part-12523031

https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2018/may/12/tuc-march-for-new-deal-for-workers-draws-thousands-in-london

New Deal Campaign – Next Steps

What also set the CWU apart on Saturday is that we are the union that has clearly set out a New Deal Next Steps plan for the trade union movement to now get behind and build on. This is set out below:-

1 All unions to agree a common bargaining agenda to tackle insecure employment.

2 The TUC to call a summit meeting for unions to agree a charter to bring about greater co-operation in recruiting the millions of unorganised UK workers.

3 All unions to agree, publish and communicate a Manifesto of demands on what constitutes a new deal for workers.

4 The TUC to announce a day later this year where all UK workers can participate in forms of deliverable action.

I want to impress upon all Branches, CWU Reps and members that continuing to expand the New Deal Campaign is a key CWU strategy and will be fundamental to reasserting trade union values across society. The campaign builds on the work the union has been doing to ensure that protecting and enhancing the terms and conditions of our members is at the heart of everything we do and will support the development of a more ambitious recruitment and organising strategy. It is also a crucial part of our work in supporting Jeremy Corbyn and the Labour Party to win the next General Election.

In the coming weeks, we will develop these positions and the campaign across our own union and explain how we will be asking our Regions and Branches to build support amongst other unions and in our communities.

In the meantime, I have attached to this LTB a link to an article published in the Morning Star on Saturday, which I believe is helpful in making the arguments as to why all workers need a new deal and why we must make this the priority campaign for the whole of the trade union movement to come together like never before.

Finally, once again a big thanks to all those who attended on Saturday – you have helped create a platform to really move our movement forward.

Yours sincerely

Dave Ward

General Secretary

https://www.morningstaronline.co.uk/article/today-can-be-catalyst-fight-overhaul-world-work

18LTB287 NEW DEAL FOR WORKERS DEMO THANK YOU AND NEXT STEPS

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Mental Health Awareness Week

It’s Mental Health Awareness Week, here are some and links to websites and numbers you can call if you’re struggling/find yourself in crisis:

Samaritans – 116 123

CALM – 0800 58 58 58

YoungMinds – 0800 018 2138

ChildLine – 0800 1111

No Panic – 0800 138 8889

SANE – 0300 304 7000

Get Connected – 0808 808 4994

https://www.feelingfirstclass.co.uk

https://www.mind.org.uk/workplace/mental-health-awareness-week-2018

https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/campaigns/mental-health-awareness-week

#mentalhealthawarenessweek

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