REDESIGN – BRANCH CONSULTATION – SPECIAL CONFERENCE 3RD AND ‪4TH NOVEMBER 2018‬

REDESIGN – BRANCH CONSULTATION – SPECIAL CONFERENCE 3RD AND 4TH NOVEMBER 2018

The purpose of this LTB is to provide Branches with some initial findings of the Branch Consultation and explain our current approach to the Redesign Special Conference in November 2018.

Initial findings of the Branch Redesign Consultation

The Branch Consultation on Redesign of CWU Structures closed on 11 May 2018 and we would like to thank each Branch who took the time to consider these issues and submit responses.

The overall response rate has been encouraging with 83% of Branches making a submission. This has provided us with a very large amount of data, which is now being analysed in detail.

However, some early work has been carried out on the responses to the questions which simply required a straightforward “YES/NO” answer. This was shared with the NEC when it met on the 31st May and in the interests of transparency we have attached these results for Branches.

Please note that these are only initial findings and we are not viewing this as a referendum on the questions posed. Instead, these are indicative results of where there may be support for certain changes to our structure, albeit subject to a number of caveats and reassurances that some Branches have put forward. We are now in the process of undertaking further detailed work to ensure that a comprehensive and objective assessment is made on all the information gathered.

Once the detailed analysis is complete it will be shared with the NEC, alongside a series of future policy papers with appropriate recommendations.

The NEC has agreed to make available the complete submissions to any Branch who wishes to view them and in due course we will advise Branches on how they can access this information.

The Publication of Future Policy Papers

The process outlined above and the output of the consultation will help the NEC produce a series of proactive policy papers, that taken together, will shape key elements of the Redesign Project and will enable Branches to have a clear understanding of what the union could look like in the future. These papers will be published to Branches in advance of the Special Conference in November and will cover the following areas.

• NEC structures

• Regions

• Branches

• Conferences

• Equality

• Training, Education and Learning. With regard to the Industrial Executives, further discussions will continue.

Special Conference 3rd and 4th November

Branches will be aware that the date and venue of the Special Conference was published in LTB 321/18. However, in terms of how the Conference will operate including its structure, format and delegation strengths etc., this is work in progress and discussions on this are continuing with the Standing Orders Committee and further information on this will be published in due course. Finally, for you information, we have also attached a list of those Branches who responded to the Redesign Consultation.Any enquiries on the Branch Consultation Exercise should be addressed to the General Secretary’s Office c/o Trish Lavelle at the following email address re-design@cwu.org. Any enquiries on the Special Conference should be addressed to the SDGS Department sdgs@cwu.org.

Yours sincerely

Dave Ward

General Secretary  

 

Redesign Branch Consultation Early Findings

 

As at 22/5/2018 108 Branches had responded to the consultation. An 83% response rate is extremely high in research terms and is very useful in terms of the quality and reliability of the data provided.

 

These initial findings set out the early quantitative findings of the consultation. These results are limited at this point to questions where there was a clear Yes/No response option. We also include the number of Branches who completed the consultation but did not provide any response to a given Yes/No question and the number of comments that these questions elicited.

 

Further analysis of the comments provided will produce a qualitative assessment of the views of Branches.

 

 

Number of branches

Number of responses

%

Overall

130

108

83

Postal

88

78

89

Telecoms, Financial Services

42

30

71

 

Do you agree that we should move from an annual to biennial General Conference?

 

 

Postal (78)

T&FS (30)

Overall (108)

Yes

45

58%

17

57%

62

57%

No

30

38%

13

43%

43

40%

No response

3

4%

0

0%

3

3%

Comments

75

96%

30

100%

105

97%

 

Do you believe conference should be about setting long term strategic goals and policies?

 

 

Postal (78)

T&FS (30)

Overall (108)

Yes

65

83%

24

80%

89

82%

No

6

8%

0

0%

6

6%

No response

7

9%

6

20%

13

12%

Comments

64

82%

21

70%

85

79%

 

 

 

Is a motion-based conference the best way of developing policy?

 

 

Postal (78)

T&FS (30)

Overall (108)

Yes

57

73%

20

67%

77

71%

No

11

14%

5

17%

16

15%

No response

10

13%

5

17%

15

14%

Comments

63

81%

24

80%

87

81%

 

Should all existing equality conferences be replaced with a single conference and how do we ensure polices on equality issues are debated by the whole union?

 

 

Postal (78)

T&FS (30)

Overall (108)

Yes

54

69%

17

57%

71

66%

No

17

22%

11

37%

28

26%

No response

7

9%

2

6%

9

8%

Comments

74

95%

28

93%

102

94%

 

Should we review the way in which motions are tabled for debate within the conference agenda pad? 

 

 

Postal (78)

T&FS (30)

Overall (108)

Yes

51

65%

16

53%

67

62%

No

20

26%

9

30%

29

27%

No response

7

9%

5

17%

12

11%

Comments

68

87%

27

90%

95

88%

 

Considering the Branch structure as a whole and not just your own Branch, is our current Branch structure fit for purpose in terms of the ability of all Branches to adequately organise and represent our members now and in the future? 

 

 

Postal (78)

T&FS (30)

Overall (108)

Yes

36

46%

10

33%

46

43%

No

30

38%

11

37%

41

38%

No response

12

15%

9

30%

21

19%

Comments

71

91%

26

87%

97

90%

 

Do you agree with the 14 measures of success for an effective Branch set out on pages 11 and 12 of the Branch Section of the document?

 

 

Postal (78)

T&FS (30)

Overall (108)

Yes

62

79%

19

63%

81

75%

No

11

14%

5

17%

16

15%

No response

5

6%

6

20%

11

10%

Comments

NA

NA

NA

NA

NA

NA

 

 

Should we encourage Branches to lease rather than purchase premises?

 

 

Postal (78)

T&FS (30)

Overall (108)

Yes

25

32%

11

37%

36

33%

No

36

46%

10

33%

46

43%

No response

17

22%

9

30%

26

24%

Comments

NA

NA

NA

NA

NA

NA

Note: low response rate. As there was no place to comment lot of branches responses have been added to the “General comments” section

 

Should we encourage Branches and Regions to better share and pool resources such as premises and office facilities?

 

 

Postal (78)

T&FS (30)

Overall (108)

Yes

52

67%

14

47%

66

61%

No

8

10%

1

3%

9

8%

No response

18

23%

15

50%

33

31%

Comments

NA

NA

NA

NA

NA

NA

Note: low response rate

 

Would there be savings and benefits for Branches in moving to a more centralised purchasing system for some resources and services that we currently purchase, lease and contract.

 

 

Postal (78)

T&FS (30)

Overall (108)

Yes

58

74%

18

60%

76

70%

No

14

18%

6

20%

20

19%

No response

6

8%

6

20%

12

11%

Comments

NA

NA

NA

NA

NA

NA

 

Would a single online system for storing all data relating to case work be beneficial to Branches in terms of consistency and the legal obligations that we have to comply with data protection legislation?

 

 

Postal (78)

T&FS (30)

Overall (108)

Yes

62

79%

20

67%

82

76%

No

10

13%

7

23%

17

16%

No response

6

8%

3

10%

9

8%

Comments

NA

NA

NA

NA

NA

NA

 

As there was no place to comment lot of branches responses have been added to the “General comments” section

 

 

Is the current Regional structure fit for purpose?

 

 

Postal (78)

T&FS (30)

Overall (108)

Yes

50

64%

10

33%

60

56%

No

19

24%

7

23%

26

24%

No response

9

12%

13

43%

22

20%

Comments

NA

NA

NA

NA

NA

NA

 

With regard to the role and status of the Regional Secretary, should it be appointed or elected?

 

 

Postal (78)

T&FS (30)

Overall (108)

Appointed

3

4%

3

10%

6

6%

Elected

72

92%

20

67%

92

85%

No response

3

4%

7

23%

10

9%

Comments

Na

Na

Na

Na

Na

Na

 

The document sets out plans to reduce the number of Regional Sub-Committees. In your view do these plans provide adequate and appropriate structures for the Regions?

 

 

Postal (78)

T&FS (30)

Overall (108)

Yes

38

49%

11

37%

49

45%

No

27

35%

7

23%

34

31%

No response

13

17%

12

40%

25

23%

Comments

NA

NA

NA

NA

NA

NA

 

Is there any benefit to the union that the principle of decisions by consensus continues in the Regions?

 

 

Postal (78)

T&FS (30)

Overall (108)

Yes

25

32%

13

43%

38

35%

No

41

53%

10

33%

51

47%

No response

12

15%

7

23%

19

18%

Comments

NA

NA

NA

NA

NA

NA

 

Should the Regional Secretary be responsible for carrying out a regular health check on Branches to ensure consistency and adherence to rules, and policies?

 

 

Postal (78)

T&FS (30)

Overall (108)

Yes

63

81%

15

50%

78

72%

No

10

13%

9

30%

19

18%

No response

5

6%

6

20%

11

10%

Comments

NA

NA

NA

NA

NA

NA

 

 

In line with the union policy on proportionality, do you believe the current structure of the NEC is reflective of our membership?

 

 

Postal (78)

T&FS (30)

Overall (108)

Yes

29

37%

8

27%

37

34%

No

42

54%

16

53%

58

54%

No response

7

9%

6

20%

13

12%

Comments

NA

NA

NA

NA

NA

NA

 

Should the CWU now review the roles of the Advisory Committees (including composition, structure and objectives)?

 

 

Postal (78)

T&FS (30)

Overall (108)

Yes

59

76%

21

70%

80

74%

No

7

9%

3

10%

10

9%

No response

12

15%

6

20%

18

17%

Comments

NA

NA

NA

NA

NA

NA

 

Branch Responses

 

NAME OF BRANCHES

01001 ESSEX AMAL BRANCH

01002 COLCHESTER & DISTRICT BRANCH

01003 EASTERN NO 3 BRANCH

01004 EASTERN NO 4 BRANCH

01005 EASTERN NO 5 BRANCH

01006 EASTERN NO 6 BRANCH

01008 SUFFOLK AMAL BRANCH

01009 SOUTH CENTRAL POSTAL BRANCH

02001 BIRMINGHAM DIST AMAL BRANCH

02002 SOUTH MIDLANDS POSTAL BRANCH

02003 LEICESTERSHIRE BRANCH

02005 WOLVERHAMPTON & DIST AMAL BRANCH

02006 DERBYSHIRE BRANCH

02007 MIDLAND NO 7 BRANCH

02008 NOTTINGHAM & DIST AMAL BRANCH

03001 DONCASTER & DISTRICT AMAL BRANCH

03002 SOUTH YORKSHIRE & DISTRICT AMAL BRANCH

03003 BRADFORD & DISTRICT AMAL BRANCH

03005 LEEDS NO 1 AMAL BRANCH

03006 YORK & DISTRICT AMAL BRANCH

03007 HULL/EAST RIDINGS AMAL BRANCH

03008 NEWCASTLE AMAL BRANCH

03009 DARLINGTON AMAL BRANCH

03010 CLEVELAND AMAL BRANCH

03011 DURHAM COUNTY BRANCH

04001 NORTHERN IRELAND COMBINED BRANCH

04003 NORTHERN IRELAND WEST BRANCH

05003 CHESHIRE NO 1 AMAL BRANCH

05004 NORTH WEST CENTRAL AMAL BRANCH

05006 GREATER MANCHESTER BRANCH

05007 NORTH WEST NO 1 BRANCH

05010 EAST LANCS AMAL BRANCH

05011 NORTH LANCS & CUMBRIA BRANCH

05012 DARWEN CAPITA BRANCH

05013 WARRINGTON MAIL CENTRE BRANCH

06001 GLASGOW DIST AMAL BRANCH

06002 SCOTLAND NO 2 BRANCH

06003 GRAMPIAN/SHETLAND AMAL BRANCH

06005 SCOTLAND NO 5 BRANCH

06006 CLYDE VALLEY AMAL BRANCH

06008 HIGHLAND AMAL BRANCH

07002 PORTSMOUTH & DISTRICT POSTAL BRANCH

07004 KENT INVICTA BRANCH

07005 SOUTH EAST NO 5 BRANCH

08001 WESTERN COUNTIES BRANCH

08002 PLYMOUTH/EAST CORNWALL AMAL BRANCH

08003 BOURNEMOUTH & DORSET AMAL BRANCH

08004 WESSEX SOUTH CENTRAL BRANCH

08005 BRISTOL & DIST AMAL BRANCH

08006 GLOUCESTERSHIRE AMAL BRANCH

08007 SOUTH WEST NO 7 BRANCH

08009 JERSEY BRANCH

08010 GUERNSEY BRANCH

08011 WORCESTER & HEREFORD AMAL BRANCH

08012 CORNWALL AMAL BRANCH

09001 NORTH WALES & MARCHES BRANCH

09003 SOUTH EAST WALES AMAL BRANCH

09004 SOUTH WEST WALES AMAL BRANCH

09005 GWENT AMAL BRANCH

10002 MOUNT PLEASANT BRANCH

10004 LONDON PHOENIX BRANCH

10009 NHC POSTAL BRANCH

10011 LONDON PARCELS & STATION AMAL BRANCH

10012 NORTHERN/NORTH WEST LONDON BRANCH

10013 EAST LONDON POSTAL BRANCH

10016 SOUTH EAST LDN PTL & CTR BRANCH

10017 LONDON SOUTH WEST BRANCH

10018 KINGSTON AREA BRANCH

10020 HARROW & DISTRICT BRANCH

10021 SOUTH & EAST THAMES AMAL BRANCH

10022 CROYDON & SUTTON AMAL BRANCH

10023 S W MIDDLESEX AMAL BRANCH

21006 SOUTH CENTRAL MT BRANCH

21819 CENTRAL COUNTIES & THAMES VALLEY BRANCH

21827 SOUTH EAST ANGLIA BRANCH

21831 NORTH ANGLIA BRANCH

22032 MIDLAND NO 1 BRANCH

22238 LEICESTER & MIDSHIRES BRANCH

22239 MIDLANDS MT BRANCH

22601 ALGUS NATIONAL BRANCH

22803 EAST MIDLANDS BRANCH

22809 COVENTRY BRANCH

23404 SOUTH YORKSHIRE BRANCH

23669 TYNE & WEAR CLERICAL BRANCH

23727 BRADFORD FINANCIAL SERVICES BRANCH

23808 NORTH EAST BRANCH

23817 LINCOLNSHIRE & SOUTH YORKS BRANCH

23830 WEST YORKSHIRE BRANCH

24024 NORTHERN IRELAND TELECOMS BRANCH

25274 MANCHESTER COMBINED BRANCH

25730 BOOTLE FINANCIAL SERVICES BRANCH

25732 Northern and National Financial Services Branch

25821 LANCS AND CUMBRIA BRANCH

26156 GLASGOW & MOTHERWELL BRANCH

26157 SCOTLAND MT BRANCH

26825 EDINBURGH DUNDEE & BORDERS BRANCH

26829 SCOTLAND NO 1 BRANCH

27049 SOUTH EAST CENTRAL BRANCH

27353 PORTS W SUSSEX & I O W BRANCH

28459 SOMERSET DEVON & CORNWALL BRANCH

28828 GREAT WESTERN BRANCH

29807 MID WALES THE MARCHES & N STAFFS BRANCH

29823 SOUTH WALES BRANCH

30122 LDN REGIONAL MT BRANCH

30252 GREATER LONDON COMBINED BRANCH

30255 LONDON POSTAL ENG BRANCH

30811 LONDON AND WEST BRANCH

30834 SOUTH LDN SURREY & NORTH HAMPSHIRE BRANCH

45001 GREATER MERSEY & S W LANCS AMAL BRANCH

18LTB 343 Redesign Branch Consultation Special Conference 3rd and 4th November 2018

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