Special General Conference 2018

Special General Conference 2018

Following the decision of the National Executive Council at their meeting held on 31st May 2018 it has been agreed that a Special General Conference will be held on the subject of Redesign.

The conference will take place on Saturday 3rd and Sunday 4th November 2018 at the Bournemouth International Centre (BIC), Bournemouth.

Further details will be issued regarding registration, timetable and the submission of motions for the special conference.

Any enquiries regarding this Letter to Branches should be addressed to Chris Tapper in the Senior Deputy General Secretary Department on telephone number 020 8971 7331 or email ctapper@cwu.org

Yours sincerely,

Tony Kearns
Senior Deputy General Secretary


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Annual Conference 2018 – Decisions

Annual Conference 2018 – Decisions

Please find attached copies of the decisions taken during Annual Conference.

Any enquiries regarding this Letter to Branches should be addressed to Chris Tapper or sent to ctapper@cwu.org

Yours sincerely

Tony Kearns
Senior Deputy General Secretary


1. General Conference – Sunday 22.4.18

2. General Conference – Monday 23.4.18

4. Postal Conference – Tuesday 24.4.18

6. Postal Conference – Wednesday 25.4.18

8. Postal Conference – Thursday 26.4.18

3. TFS Conference – Tuesday 24.4.18

5. TFS Conference – Wednesday 25.4.18

7. TFS Conference – Thursday 26.4.18

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The UNI World Women’s Conference and UNI World Congress is being held in Liverpool from 14th – 20th June 2018.

The last time a UNI World Congress was held in the UK was over 20 years ago and this year it coincides with many important milestones such as:

• 150th anniversary of the British TUC

• The centenary of some women’s right to vote in the UK

• The 100th anniversary of the birth of Nelson Mandela

• The 50th anniversary of the death of Martin Luther King

• The 10th anniversary of Liverpool having won European Capital of Culture

• The 70th anniversary of the UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

Both the UNI World Women’s Conference and UNI World Congress will celebrate the above milestones at an opening ceremony on Sunday 17th June from 16.00 – 18.00.

There will be many high profile guest speakers including Jeremy Corbyn, Leader of the Labour Party, Frances O’Grady, General Secretary of TUC and former sportsmen John Barnes and Howard Gayle to name a few.

If any Branches are interested in attending the Congresses please contact headquarters via email to aniven@cwu.org with a list of names of those wishing to attend and arrangements will be made for them to gain access to the venue. If anyone wishes to bring their partners or family they are more than welcome but any expenses incurred are the responsibility of the individuals.

Yours sincerely

D Ward
General Secretary


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National Network Review (Network 18) Update – Deployment Date

LTB 313/18 – National Network Review (Network 18) Update – Deployment Date

No. 313/2018

29th May 2018

For The Immediate Attention Of All:

Postal Branches with Network Members

Divisional Representatives

Regional Organisers

Area Distribution Representatives

LGV Representatives

National Network Review (Network 18) Update – Deployment Date

Dear Colleagues

Further to LTB 184/18 please find attached for your information a Joint Statement which communicates the 18th June 2018 as the agreed target deployment date for the National Network Review (Network 18).

The aim will now be to ensure that any outstanding issues are resolved, through the IR Framework if necessary, and duty sets and re-picks are concluded in readiness for the deployment date, in line with the terms of the attached Joint Statement. The NWG will remain available to offer advice and assistance where necessary.

Branches and representatives are requested to ensure that our Network members are made aware of the contents of this LTB at the earliest opportunity.

Any enquiries in relation to this LTB should be addressed to Davie Robertson, Assistant Secretary, e-mail: dwyatt@cwu.org or shayman@cwu.org quoting reference number: 233.13

Yours sincerely

Davie Robertson

Assistant Secretary

LTB 313-18 – National Network Review (Network 18) Update – Deployment Date

Attachment 1 – JS National Network Review Deployment Date – 29.05.18

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Further to LTB 281/18 dated 11th May 2018, at the close of nominations the following have been received:


Luke Elgar

Essex Amal*ELECTED


Catrin Herdman

Nottingham District Amal*ELECTED


Louise Bradley

South Yorks & District Amal*ELECTED


*Ballot RequiredGary McCrum

Northern Ireland East Matt McMaster

Northern Ireland Combined


Elli Long

Greater Mersey & S.W Lancs*ELECTED


Scott Hartles

Scotland No 2*ELECTED


Rebecca Hufton

Kent Invicta*ELECTED


William Hunt

Gloucestershire Amal*ELECTED


Robert Hynes

South West Wales Amal*ELECTED


No Nominations Received



No Nominations Received


No Nominations Received


No Nominations Received


Fiona Curtis

Northern Ireland Telecom*ELECTED


*Ballot RequiredErin Brett

MerseyDaniel Lewis

Bootle Financial Services, MeridianStephen McCarthy

Greater Mersey & SW Lancs


Rebecca Watt

Scotland No 1*ELECTED


*Ballot RequiredGeorgina Ford

Portsmouth,West Sussex & IOW Connor McCann

Meridian Liam Reed

South East Central 


Adam Gibbins

Somerset, Devon & Cornwall*ELECTED


Jake Fear

South Wales*ELECTED


William Murray

Greater London Combined*ELECTED

The ballot timetable is as follows:

Despatch ballot papers:  1 June 2018

Ballot closes:   15 June 2018

Any enquiries regarding this Letter to Branches should be addressed to the Senior Deputy General Secretary Department on telephone number 020 8971 7237 or email address sdgs@cwu.org

Yours sincerely,

Tony Kearns

Senior Deputy General Secretary


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Royal Mail Group (RMG), Safety Health and Environment (SHE) Team – Revised Organisational Structure

Royal Mail Group (RMG), Safety Health and Environment (SHE) Team – Revised Organisational Structure:

To: All Branches

Dear Colleagues,

Further to my Letter to all Royal Mail Group CWU ASRs and all CWU Regional Health and Safety Forums regarding the announced Business reorganisation‎ announcement by Sue Whalley CEO RM Post & Parcels, the SHE team is now aligned to the main business changes.

‎Details of the new RMG SHE Structure are attached which includes a contact list and the postcode areas covered by the various team members.

Key Points:

• The RM Group SHE Structure, under Shaun Davis RMG Global Director of Safety, Health, Environment and Sustainability remains in place with no break up or devolvement.

• There will be three functional strands in the new Letters and Network organisation; the former Regions (North, West, East and South) have been disbanded.

• These three functions are Processing & Collections, Logistics & Distribution and Delivery.

• The SHE Structure has been reviewed to support these changes with resources allocated on a risk basis by the Business.

• The new field structure is headcount neutral (77).

Attached is a copy of the latest version of the PowerPoint slide presentation detailing the new SHE Structure together with a copy of the updated SHE Contacts List which gives details of the postcode areas that the SHE team members now cover. The combined documents will help ASRs identify who covers which area.

Yours sincerely

Dave Joyce
National Health, Safety & Environment Officer

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SHE Function Org Chart 2018-19 (040518)

Copy of SHE Contacts May 2018

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Peterborough Pride Friday 29th June to Friday 6th July

Running from Friday 29th June to Friday 6th July, this week long city-wide celebration offers something for everyone. Peterborough PRIDE is about providing a platform for coming together, celebrating difference, being proud and showing support for our Lesbian, Gay, Bi-Sexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex and Asexual (LGBTQIA+) friends and family.



Click on the link to visit the website



LTB 227/18 dated 17th April 2018 informed Branches of the need to take action around the above new regulations that come into force on Friday the 25th May 2018.

Since that LTB we have taken time to consider what policies we need to introduce and what guidelines it is necessary for us to issue in order that we can be seen to be taking the necessary steps to ensure compliance.

The TUC have run a number of seminars/presentations on this issue that various members of CWU staff have attended. Additionally advice has been issued by a number of authorities with regard to the steps we need to take.

Following consideration of the issues raised at these events we are now in a position to issue a CWU “GDPR Policy and Guidance for Branches” document in advance of the new regulations coming into force.

As we stated in LTB 227/18 it important for us to understand that breaches of the new regulations can result in organisations being fined up to 4% of turnover. To put this in perspective, unless we take action to show we are compliant we risk a fine that could total up to £1.1 million for breaches. Clearly our job is to mitigate against such risk and as such the Policy and Guidance document is produced and distributed to ensure we alleviate that risk.

That document is attached to this LTB and all Branches are urged to read the document and act appropriately. It is through the compiling, issuing and compliance with these guidelines can the CWU be seen to have taken the necessary action under the law.

Should Branches require any further advice or wish to seek clarification around the contents of the Policy and Guidance document they should contact Denis Lenihan in his capacity as CWU Data Protection Officer by email at dlenihan@cwu.org

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 sdgs@cwu.org.

Yours sincerely,

Tony Kearns

Senior Deputy General Secretary


GRPR Policy & Guidance for Branches

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Virgin Media Fined £385,000 for Street Works Safety Law Offences in Carlisle

Virgin Media Fined £385,000 for Street Works Safety Law Offences in Carlisle:

To: All Branches

Dear Colleagues,

A judge has imposed a £385,000 fine on Virgin Media after its street works contractors left streets across Carlisle in chaos.

The fine is one of the biggest ever handed down by a Cumbrian magistrates’ court and was imposed after the firm pleaded guilty to seven breaches of street-works safety rules.

The city’s Rickergate court heard how contractors working for Virgin Media repeatedly flouted rules which are designed to ensure that such street works are carried out without putting pedestrians and other road users at unnecessary risk.

Workmen are legally obliged to provide proper signage and pedestrian protection.

However, when Virgin Media’s contractors carried out a huge broadband cable-laying operation across the city in July last year, this did not happen, District Judge Gerald Chalk heard.

The court heard a snapshot of the problems as prosecutor Jonathan Farnsworth described seven locations in Carlisle affected by shoddy workmanship.

Among the problem areas identified by Cumbria County Council highways officials was Upperby Road. Residents living in 15 properties on the street were unable to get into or out of their homes because of the cable-laying excavations.

On the same street, after closing a pedestrian crossing, workmen erected a sign telling pedestrians to use a non-existent alternative crossing.

Elsewhere in the city, pedestrians were forced to step off dug-up pavements and risk walking amid moving traffic on busy roads because no alternative route was provided.

On the day when all seven offences were committed – July 31 last year – Virgin Media’s contractor had eight work gangs who were attempting to work at 22 separate sites across Carlisle.

A council highways inspector said the situation got out of control.

They were not providing suitable and safe alternative walkways for pedestrians and people had to walk along the road.‎ The contractors should have made sure that all the sites they were working on had been made safe before they left them but they just kept digging more holes.

Virgin Media admitted offences relating to poorly guarded or signposted works in the following streets: Scalegate Road, Beaconsfield Street, Thirlmere Street, Uldale Road, Kirklands Road, and two sites in Upperby Road.

Virgin Media was prosecuted under the 1991 New Road and Street Works Act, which aims to ensure that all such work is carried out safely and with consideration for the needs of disabled pedestrians.

As well as being fined, the firm was told to pay prosecution costs of £3,500, and a £170 victim surcharge.

Yours sincerely

Dave Joyce
National Health, Safety & Environment Officer

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