TRADES UNION CONGRESS 2018: CWU DELEGATION REPORT
The 2018 Trades Union Congress took place from Sunday 9thSeptember to Wednesday 12th September 2018.
All unions were entitled to submit two motions to the agenda. The CWU National Executive Council agreed the following motions:-
MOTION 1 – A NEW DEAL FOR WORKERS
Congress agrees the 12th May New Deal Rally is the catalyst for stronger collective action in the biggest trade union campaign for decades to reclaim our purpose as the collective voice of workers and to change the balance of forces in the world of work.
The General Council must agree, publish and deliver a new deal next steps plan based on the following:-
- Agree a common bargaining agenda for individual sectors to tackle insecure employment and in work poverty and stress.
- Convene a summit to agree a charter, similar to Bridlington, which promotes greater co-operation on how we recruit the millions of unorganised UK workers and bring an end to inter-union competition.
- Agree a trade union New Deal Manifesto that builds on the Labour Party Manifesto and the work of the Institute of Employment Rights
- Organise a day of action in support of the new deal in the first half of 2019, backed up and preceded by our biggest ever collective communication, social media and workplace meeting strategy. The action will be deliverable by agreeing an innovative menu of options that workers everywhere can participate in on a given date.
Congress recognises that with the structural inequality and imbalance of power in today’s economy, the major problems in today’s world of work and the challenge of the fourth industrial revolution it has never been more important for unions to come together like never before and deliver a bold new deal for workers.
Communication Workers Union
MOTION 2: BREXIT
Congress strongly condemns the government for its inept handling of the Brexit process. As set out in the General Council statement agreed at Congress last year, Congress continues to believe that in order to bring together workers, we must respect the referendum result and continue to call for a ‘jobs and rights first Brexit.’
Any Brexit deal must enshrine and enhance working rights, social and environmental protections; maintain the Good Friday agreement and prevent a hard border in Northern Ireland; secure a customs union with the EU; and protect barrier free access to the single market.
Congress agrees that the TUC should campaign against any deal that does not meet these tests with the aim of forcing an early general election to secure a Labour government with a mandate for a Brexit deal that puts working people first.
Congress agrees that the trade union movement has a responsibility to unify all workers whether they voted leave or remain and the best way of achieving this is to directly link the fight for a new deal for workers in the UK with the TUC’s work on Brexit.
Congress also agrees that we must continue to fight for reform of the EU to promote the interests of workers across Europe.
Communication Workers Union
The CWU was also entitled to submit two amendments. These were as follows:-
- Proposed Amendment to Proposition 30 : Auto-enrolment and the lowest paid (Aegis)
Add new final paragraph:
“Congress also recognises that for millions of workers, current pension provision from their employer is wholly inadequate. While DB schemes remain the gold standard, Congress supports the introduction of CDC as an alternative to DC provision and calls for the government to permit CDC schemes in the UK.”
- Proposed Amendment to Motion P62 : Mental health crisis (Unison)
Add the following two new bullet points at the end of the motion
iii. organise a one day conference in 2019 on mental health in the workplace to bring together unions and organisations specialising in mental health issues;
- set up a cross-union working group on mental health to share best practice and co-ordinate campaigning work.
COMMUNICATION WORKERS UNION
2018 TRADES UNION CONGRESS – MANCHESTER
MINUTES OF THE TUC DELEGATION MEETING
HELD IN THE BARBIROLLI ROOM, RADISSON BLU HOTEL, PETER STREET, MANCHESTER
ON SUNDAY 9TH SEPTEMBER AT 10.30AM
PRESENT: Beryl Shepherd (Chair), Dave Ward (General Secretary), Tony Kearns (SDGS), Andy Kerr (DGS T&FS), Terry Pullinger (DGS Postal), Maria Exall (ex officio), Amarjite Singh, Jim McKechnie, Kate Hudson, Fiona Curtis, Jacky Morrey, Angela Teeling, Mark Walsh, Mick Kavanagh, Tom Cooper, Katie Dunning, Rob Wotherspoon, Jonathan Belshaw, Eugene Caparros,
IN ATTENDANCE: Bill Taylor, Lionel Sampson, Andrew Towers, Jeremy Baugh, Janina Dunn, Chris Tapper, Dawn Jeffery
1 WELCOME – INTRODUCTIONS & APOLOGIES
The Chair welcomed all CWU Delegates to the meeting in particular those who were attending the TUC Congress for the first time and asked the delegation to introduce themselves to the meeting.
Apologies were received from Sajid Shaikh (Domestic), Chris Webb (Domestic) and Kate Hudson late arrival (Domestic).
2 GENERAL SECRETARY OVERVIEW
The General Secretary welcomed all delegates and said that this year’s Congress was probably the most important TUC for many years, especially the debate around Brexit and that the CWU has been pushing for new policies on a new deal for workers with the TUC.
The General Secretary was also encouraged on how many delegates are speaking on debates during the course of the week, and said that he felt this year’s TUC would be a good and interesting Congress.
3 EXPLANATION OF TUC DOCUMENTS
Bill Taylor provided an explanation of the TUC pack provided at the meeting which included:
- General Council Report 2018
- Final Agenda 2018
- General Purposes Committee Report and Composite
Motions and General Council Statements 2018
- Consolidated Motions and Composite Motions 2018 (printed Monday)
- CWU POLICY POSITION ON MOTIONS AND AMENDMENTS
The SDGS went through the CWU policy position on motions and amendments.
|SECTION 1: THE ECONOMY|
|1||Industrial strategy: an economy for the many||Unite
|2||The future of the retail sector||Union of Shop, Distributive and Allied Workers||S|
|3||Save Our Steel||Community
|6||Automation and its impact on black workers||TUC Black Workers Conference||S|
|7||Just transition and energy workers’ voice||GMB||O|
|8||Fracking||Bakers, Food and Allied Workers’ Union
|9||Strategy for a low- carbon industrial region||TUC Trades Union Councils Conference||S|
|10||Nationalisation of the railways||National Union of Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers||S|
|11||High fares and the decline in season ticket sales||ASLEF||S|
|12||Transport: Britain’s railways
|Transport Salaried Staffs’ Association||S|
|13||The danger of rail freight decline for UK infrastructure
|14||ETF fair transport campaign
|Composite 1 (includes Motion 15 the amendments to 15 and 16)||Sea fairers’ working conditions and Workforce safety in the offshore and maritime industries
|National Union of Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers, Nautilus
(includes Motions 17, 18, 19 and 20)
|Brexit||Unite, CWU, RCM, TSSA||S|
|SECTION 3: RESPECT AND A VOICE AT WORK|
|21*||Continuing the fight against insecure work||GMB
|22*||A better deal for low paid workers||USDAW
|23*||Promoting flexible working||Chartered Society of Physiotherapy
|24*||Bullying and harassment||FDA
*College of Podiatry amendment
|Grenfell Tower||Fire Brigades Union, Unite and Unison||S|
|27||Night working||National Union of Journalists||S|
|Composite 4 (previously 28 and amendment)
|Healthcare workers and workplace violence in prisons||Society of Chiropodists and Podiatrists, GMB and Community||S|
|29||Social Security||Public and Commercial Services Union||S|
|30||Stop and scrap universal credit||TUC Disabled Workers Conference||S|
|31*||Auto-enrolment and the lowest paid||Aegis
CWU to second
|32||Corporal punishment of children in England||Association of Educational Psychologists||S|
|33||A strategy for children and young people (CYP)||Association of Educational Psychologists||S|
|Composite 5 (previously 34 and amendments)||Fighting sexual harassment and discrimination||Equity, Prospect||S|
|35||Sexual harassment in the music industry||Musicians’ Union||S|
|36||Sexual harassment||TUC Women’s Conference||S|
|37||We trust women – abortion rights||Royal College of Midwives||S|
|38||Equal pay/gender pay gap||National Union of Journalists||S|
|39||Armed forces and LGBT – dishonourable discharge||Society of Radiographers||S|
|40*||Austerity, artists and discrimination||Artists’ Union England||O|
|41||Support for gender self-declaration||TUC Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender+ Conference||S|
(Motion 42 and 43 and amendments)
|Ending the Hostile environment immigration policy and justice for the Windrush generation
|UNISON, Accord, PCS, RMT, Chartered Society of Physiotherapy and RCM||S|
|44*||Challenging the politics of hate||University College Union
|Section 4 – Good Services|
(includes Motions 45, 46, 47 and amendments)
|Public services outsourcing – lessons from Carillion
|UNISON, Unite, POA and Aslef||S|
|Composite 8 (Motion 48 and amendments)
|Public sector||National Association of Head Teachers
NEU and FDA
|Composite 15 (Motion 49, 50 and amendments)||Public sector pay
|PCS, POA and FBU
|Composite 9 (Motions 51, 52 and amendments)||Education funding crisis
|NEU, National Association of Head Teachers and UCU
|53*||Mental health and wellbeing of teachers||NASUWT
|Composite 10 (Motion 54, 55 and amendments)||National Education Service||National Education Union, University College Union and Unison
|56||Data misuse||Educational Institute of Scotland||S|
|57||Music education||Musicians’ Union||S|
|58||Education and training for life after football||Professional Footballers’ Association||S|
|59*||Central role of art and culture in education and communities||Artists’ Union England
|Composite 11 (Motion 60 and amendment)||Health and social care workers subsidising the NHS||British Dietetic Association
Chartered Society of Physiotherapy, Community and The College of Podiatry
|61*||NHS pay||Society of Chiropodists and Podiatrists
|62||Preventing ill health||Chartered Society of Physiotherapy||S|
|Composite 12 [Motion 63, 64 and amendments]||Mental health||UNISON, Society of Radiographers,
USDAW, CWU, Equity and TSSA
|65||Civil service impartiality||FDA||S|
|66||Family justice system in crisis
|67||The transforming rehabilitation counter-revolution
|68*||Grassland fires||Fire Brigades Union
|Section 5: Strong Unions|
|Composite 13 (Motion 69 and amendments)||A new deal for workers||Communication Workers Union
NEU and PCS
|71||General data protection regulations (GDPR)||NASUWT||S|
|72||Organising fast food workers||BFAWU||S|
|73||Winning against atypical employment models||BALPA||S|
|74||Make 2019 the year of young workers||TUC Young Workers Conference||S|
|Composite 14 (Motion 75 and amendments)||Turkey||Educational Institute of Scotland
Unite and UCU
|76*||International Labour Organisation||Accord
|77||Food security and sustainability||British Dietetic Association||S|
|General Council Statements|
|General Council Statement on Brexit||–||S|
|General Council Statement on Collective Bargaining||–||S|
*Following further discussion and consultation with the delegation after the delegates meeting, the position on Motion 40 was changed from Oppose to Support.
The above policy was agreed.
5 CWU MOTIONS AND AMENDMENTS – SPEAKERS
The following CWU commitments and interventions were agreed:
|1.||Industrial Strategy: An economy for the many||Tom Cooper||Tuesday P.M.|
|2.||The Future of the Retail Sector||Katie Dunning||Tuesday P.M.|
|7.||Just Transition and Energy Workers’ Voice||Tony Kearns||Tuesday A.M.|
|9.||Strategy for low-carbon industrial region
|Tony Kearns||Tuesday A.M.|
|21.||Continuing the fight against insecure work
|Jonathan Bellshaw||Tuesday A.M.|
|25||Regulation Matters||Maria Exall||Monday A.M.|
|41||Support for gender self-declaration||Angela Teeling||Tuesday A.M.|
|42||Justice for the Windrush generation||AJ Singh||Tuesday A.M.|
|44||Challenging the politics of hate||Beryl Shepherd||Tuesday A.M.|
|47||Independent inquiry into privatisation||Rob Wotherspoon||Monday P.M.|
|48||Public Sector||Mark Walsh||Monday P.M.|
|70||Collective Voice||Kate Hudson||Monday A.M.|
|74||Make 2019 the year of young workers||Fiona Curtis||Monday P.M.|
- GS nominated for General Council
- Maria Exall nominated for General Council (LGBT Section I)
- There will be an election in Section D (Women from Unions with fewer than 200,000 members – 5 candidates 4 to be elected as follows:Linda Rolf
Annette Mansell-Green CWU Support
British Dietetic Association
Janice Godrich CWU Support
Public and Commercial Services Union
Sue Ferns CWU Support
Vicky Knight CWU Support
University and College Union
The recommended candidates were agreed.
7 FRINGE MEETINGS AND RECEPTIONS
The delegation was advised of a number of fringe meetings involving, or of special interest to the CWU.
Rolling out the Manifesto for Labour Law – Speakers: John McDonnell (Shadow Chancellor), Lauren Townsend (Unite/TGI Fridays campaigner) and John Hendy (QC IER/CTUF)
Monday 10th – 17.30 – People Still Want Pensions – Venue: Lancaster Suite, Midlands Hotel – Terry Pullinger (Deputy General Secretary Postal), CWU Catherine Lockyer (Partner, First Actuarial LLP), Alasdair McDiarmid (Operations Director, Community)
Tuesday 11th – 17.45 pm – Work and Equalities: Futures and Challenges – Venue: Central 8 – Speakers: Heather Wakefield, Lynn Collins (TUC North West), Jill Rubery, Debra Howcroft, Tony Dundon, Miguel Martinez, Lucio amongst others: Work and Equalities Institute, The University of Manchester
8 DELEGATION SEATING ARRANGEMENTS
The Chair confirmed that the Congress seating plan was contained on page 31 of the Congress Guide. CWU would be situated in Rows – E 1- 5, F 1 – 12, G 1 – 3.
9 CWU COMMUNICATIONS
The Chair asked delegates to consult Chris Webb, Head of Comms or Charlie Pullinger, Press Officer prior to interacting with the media.
10 ABSENCES DURING CONGRESS
The Chair asked the delegation to confirm to Beryl Shepherd if they would be absent during Congress, or if they were required to leave Congress early.
11 ANY OTHER BUSINESS
The President asked that a vote of thanks be noted in the minutes to the CWU staff for all their hard work.
There being no further business the meeting closed at 11.40 am.
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