MHFA England Open Letter To Prime Minister And Government To Amend Health and Safety Legislation To Put Mental and Physical First Aid On An Equal Footing

MHFA England Open Letter To Prime Minister And Government To Amend Health and Safety Legislation To Put Mental and Physical First Aid On An Equal Footing

To: All Branches

Dear Colleagues,

Branches may have seen reports published in the media that business leaders had joined Mental Health First Aid England in a collective call for the UK Government to update health and safety legislation to protect mental health in the workplace.

On Monday 19 November 2018, an open letter to the Prime Minister signed by 50 leaders of Britain’s biggest employers including Royal Mail, PWC, W.H.Smith, Thames Water, Ford, MACE, Channel 4 etc., was delivered to 10 Downing Street calling on the Government to prioritise its manifesto pledge to amend health and safety legislation to put mental and physical first aid on an equal footing.

In a statement announcing the ‘Open Letter’ to the PM, Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) England said that the letter signed by industry leaders from across business, education and mental health, comes at a time when one in six people of working age will experience mental ill health including depression, anxiety or issues relating to stress. With over 28 million people in work in England, this represents nearly 5 million people. Mental health issues are also estimated to cost the UK economy almost £35 billion every year and 15.4 million working days are lost to work-related stress, depression or anxiety. The open letter shows that business leaders clearly recognise the need to support their employees’ mental health in the same way they do their physical health.

The change in legislation being called for would establish a baseline for protecting mental health in the workplace, ensuring no one is left behind. This is just one part of improving approaches to workplace mental health, but it represents an important step forward. Ensuring that first aid support is there for the millions of people who struggle with their mental health every year would make a big difference to people and get them to think about their health as a whole.

The impact of neglecting mental ill health in the workplace is two-fold: with an economic and human cost which should be alleviated.

By investing in the physical and mental health of the workforce it will not only unlock human potential in the workplace, it will reduce the human cost as well as the astronomical costs to the UK economy.

It is imperative the Government takes notice of UK employers, Trade Unions and the public who are standing up and calling for change.

The Open Letter follows the delivery of a petition of over 200,000 public signatures to 10 Downing Street as part of a mental health campaign called ‘Where’s Your Head At?’ founded by Natasha Devon MBE of MHFA England which has received cross-party backing from MPs from across the political spectrum. MPs had originally showed their support for the issue by signing an Early Day Motion tabled by Norman Lamb MP in October 2016.

As part of their 5-Year Mental Health Strategy ‘Because Healthy Minds Matter’, launched in October 2017, Royal Mail Group signed an agreement with the CWU Health, Safety & Environment Department recently which commits the Company to have the same number of Mental Health First Aiders across our business as they do physical health First Aiders with the new national training programme of circa 5,500 First Aiders and all CWU Area Health and Safety Reps commencing in April 2019. 1,350 RMG employees, mainly managers but also a number of Union Reps and Mental Health Ambassadors, have so far been trained in MHFA across 1,800 sites, 96% of whom said they felt it helped them develop a better understanding of mental health symptoms and wellbeing.

The CWU has continued to campaign on Mental Health and has supported both the petition and the open letter as we firmly believe that everyone should have access to first aid support for their mental health regardless of where they work.

Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) England is a community interest company (CIC), established in 2009. MHFA is the mental health equivalent of physical first aid training and provides participants with the skills and confidence to recognise the signs and symptoms of common mental health issues and effectively guide a person towards the right support, be that self-help or professional services. To date over 300,000 people in England have been trained in MHFA skills. The core principles of MHFA include: spotting the signs of a mental health issue, helping to prevent issues from getting worse and giving confidence in helping someone who is experiencing an issue. As well as the Adult MHFA course, the organisation runs a number of tailored courses including Youth MHFA, Higher Education MHFA, Armed Forces MHFA and Workplace MHFA. MHFA England has a vision to normalise society’s attitudes and behaviours around mental health by developing the skills needed to look after our own and other’s wellbeing. More information about the MHFA England organisation and MHFA courses can be found at www.mhfaengland.org

Yours sincerely

Dave Joyce
National Health, Safety & Environment Officer

 18LTB661 MHFA England Open Letter To Prime Minister And Government To Amend Health and Safety Legislation

Mini case study – Royal Mail – Final

Dhollandia DH-SKS/SMR Retractable Aluminium Tail Lift (Slide Under)

Dhollandia DH-SKS/SMR Retractable Aluminium Tail Lift (Slide Under)

To: All Branches

Dear Colleagues,

Discussions have been taking place between Royal Mail Fleet, Royal Mail Logistics and the CWU Health, Safety & Environment Department via the RM Logistics/CWU National Joint Health and Safety Committee and CWU Logistics ASRs Group in relation to the introduction of retractable, slide under tail lifts.

Following the identification of the Dhollandia DH-SKS/SMR Retractable Aluminium Slide Under Tail Lift as a suitable type, the Tail Lift was demonstrated and tested before both sides developed a fit for purpose Safe System of Work which has now been completed.

The DH-SKS/SMR Tail Lift combines the advantages of a column lift with those of a slider lift with a flat level-ride platform, which is ideal to load and unload York roll-cages and other cargo loads.

Safely stored under the vehicle chassis the Tail Lift is protected from damage when reversing into loading docks, or when loading or unloading with MHE.

30 Trailers have been ordered by Royal Mail and built by Cartwright’s Group (Serial Numbers 8324016-8324045), fitted with the Dhollandia DH-SKS/SMR Retractable Aluminium Tail Lift and they will be used, running at various VOCs and RDCs. The reason for the introduction of this T/L type is for the transport of mail across RMG operations whereby the slide under design of this lift has the benefit of not needing to be deployed if not required i.e., when using a dock leveller, unlike current cantilever designs. This gives greater flexibility during peak pressure periods when sourcing Tail Lift trailers in the hire market is difficult.

Drivers using these Tail Lifts will receive training delivered by the ADCs (Advanced Driver Coaches), using the SSoW, which is common practice.

Operators need to ensure they position their feet and the Yorks correctly so they don’t overlap/roll off the front edge of the platform as this design cannot accommodate a toe guard. This is covered in the SSoW and Training.

The locations of the Trailers will be as listed below:-

1 x Southampton

8 x Chelmsford

2 x Peterborough

3 x Atherstone

5 x South West DC

1 x Birmingham

7 x NDC

2 x YDC

1 x Coventry

See attached photographs of the Trailer and Tail Lift plus a copy of the Safe System of Work and Photographs of the Trailer and Tail Lift.

Yours sincerely

Dave Joyce
National Health, Safety & Environment Officer

18LTB665 Dhollandia DH-SKS SMR Retractable Aluminium Tail Lift (Slide Under)

Dhollandia DH SKS SMR Retractable Alluminium Tail lift SSOW-(002)

Dhollandia DH-SKS – SMR Retractable Aluminium Tail Lift (Slide Under)

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Post Office Ltd (POL) – Free Flu Jab Vaccination Scheme

Post Office Ltd (POL) – Free Flu Jab Vaccination Scheme

To: All Branches

Dear Colleagues,

This is to inform all CWU Branches with Post Office Ltd (POL) ‎members that the provision of ‘Free Flu Jabs’ has been discussed at the POL/CWU National Joint Health and Safety Committee and a communication has now been sent to all POL Branch Offices confirming that the Post Office will offer all Directly Managed Branch employees an opportunity to have a ‘Free Flu Vaccination.’

POL OH Assist have confirmed that ‘Free Flu Vouchers’ will be available for distribution to all staff towards the end of next week, allowing members to use these at participating pharmacies during December. The scheme will run until 31st December.

The final details have only been confirmed by POL’s National Health and Safety Manager last night and the final list of those members wishing to take up the offer will be required by close of play on Monday to ensure the vouchers are issued ahead of December. An e-mail has been issued to all Branch Office Managers calling for prompt action in collecting names of those employees wishing to accept the offer of a ‘Free Flu Jab’. ‎ All responses, including nil returns are to be sent to: Stephanie.c.mulholland@postoffice.co.uk

The ‘Flu Vouchers’ are valid until 31st December and members will need to check where their local participating pharmacy is.

Members taking up the opportunity of a ‘Free Flub Jab’ will be expected to attend for their Flu Jab in their own time during December and can use the ‘Free Flu Jab Voucher’ at either Lloyds, Superdrug, Asda, Tesco, Morrisons and other local pharmacy groups BUT NOT BOOTS who are not participating in this scheme as they run their own separate scheme‎.

The ‘Flu Jab Vouchers’ that will be issued to staff by the end of next week are ‘Prepaid’ and therefore it is important that those requesting a voucher, have every intention of using it by visiting a participating pharmacy and receiving the ‘Flu Jab Vaccination’ in December. The Vouchers will expire on 31st December 2018.

Those members taking up the ‘Flu Voucher’ offer can check participating pharmacy locations through the website www.fluvouchers.co.uk‎. They can also check that their local or chosen pharmacy has a sufficient supply of ‘Flu Jab Vaccines’ available during December. There is no need to book an appointment but they should also check which days the ‘Flu Jabs’ are administered. In most cases, it will be daily.

This welcomed scheme has been finalised and CWU/HQ notified at extremely short and inadequate notice for effective dissemination of information of this nature and this point has been made to POL. However POL have responded regarding the timescales that this has been a logistical challenge and a late decision was made to introduced the Flu Jab offer and those staff who really want the vaccination will now have the opportunity and should be able to find time between now and the closure date at the end of December as they can simply walk in to a participating Pharmacy and we would encourage members to take up the offer and encourage others who are possibly unsure. Additionally POL have stressed that this is the final part of the Flu Jab programme, for DMB members colleagues.‎ CWU has requested a different and more timely programme next year but the main thing is that the offer matches other bigger employers such as Royal Mail and is therefore welcomed.

CWU Branches and POL Reps may wish to reinforce the message to CWU POL members today to ensure they have the opportunity to accept the offer and let their manager know if they would like a voucher for a ‘Free Flu Jab.’

Any POL managers requiring further advice or information should call Martin Hopcroft Post Office Head of Health & Safety‎ on 07889 045810‎or e-mail: martin.hopcroft@postoffice.co.uk.

Yours sincerely

Dave Joyce
National Health, Safety & Environment Officer

18LTB664 Post Office Ltd (POL) – Free Flu Jab Vaccination Scheme

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MHFA England Open Letter To Prime Minister And Government To Amend Health and Safety Legislation To Put Mental and Physical First Aid On An Equal Footing

MHFA England Open Letter To Prime Minister And Government To Amend Health and Safety Legislation To Put Mental and Physical First Aid On An Equal Footing

To: All Branches

Dear Colleagues,

Branches may have seen reports published in the media that business leaders had joined Mental Health First Aid England in a collective call for the UK Government to update health and safety legislation to protect mental health in the workplace.

On Monday 19 November 2018, an open letter to the Prime Minister signed by 50 leaders of Britain’s biggest employers including Royal Mail, PWC, W.H.Smith, Thames Water, Ford, MACE, Channel 4 etc., was delivered to 10 Downing Street calling on the Government to prioritise its manifesto pledge to amend health and safety legislation to put mental and physical first aid on an equal footing.

In a statement announcing the ‘Open Letter’ to the PM, Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) England said that the letter signed by industry leaders from across business, education and mental health, comes at a time when one in six people of working age will experience mental ill health including depression, anxiety or issues relating to stress. With over 28 million people in work in England, this represents nearly 5 million people. Mental health issues are also estimated to cost the UK economy almost £35 billion every year and 15.4 million working days are lost to work-related stress, depression or anxiety. The open letter shows that business leaders clearly recognise the need to support their employees’ mental health in the same way they do their physical health.

The change in legislation being called for would establish a baseline for protecting mental health in the workplace, ensuring no one is left behind. This is just one part of improving approaches to workplace mental health, but it represents an important step forward. Ensuring that first aid support is there for the millions of people who struggle with their mental health every year would make a big difference to people and get them to think about their health as a whole.

The impact of neglecting mental ill health in the workplace is two-fold: with an economic and human cost which should be alleviated.

By investing in the physical and mental health of the workforce it will not only unlock human potential in the workplace, it will reduce the human cost as well as the astronomical costs to the UK economy.

It is imperative the Government takes notice of UK employers, Trade Unions and the public who are standing up and calling for change.

The Open Letter follows the delivery of a petition of over 200,000 public signatures to 10 Downing Street as part of a mental health campaign called ‘Where’s Your Head At?’ founded by Natasha Devon MBE of MHFA England which has received cross-party backing from MPs from across the political spectrum. MPs had originally showed their support for the issue by signing an Early Day Motion tabled by Norman Lamb MP in October 2016.

As part of their 5-Year Mental Health Strategy ‘Because Healthy Minds Matter’, launched in October 2017, Royal Mail Group signed an agreement with the CWU Health, Safety & Environment Department recently which commits the Company to have the same number of Mental Health First Aiders across our business as they do physical health First Aiders with the new national training programme of circa 5,500 First Aiders and all CWU Area Health and Safety Reps commencing in April 2019. 1,350 RMG employees, mainly managers but also a number of Union Reps and Mental Health Ambassadors, have so far been trained in MHFA across 1,800 sites, 96% of whom said they felt it helped them develop a better understanding of mental health symptoms and wellbeing.

The CWU has continued to campaign on Mental Health and has supported both the petition and the open letter as we firmly believe that everyone should have access to first aid support for their mental health regardless of where they work.

Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) England is a community interest company (CIC), established in 2009. MHFA is the mental health equivalent of physical first aid training and provides participants with the skills and confidence to recognise the signs and symptoms of common mental health issues and effectively guide a person towards the right support, be that self-help or professional services. To date over 300,000 people in England have been trained in MHFA skills. The core principles of MHFA include: spotting the signs of a mental health issue, helping to prevent issues from getting worse and giving confidence in helping someone who is experiencing an issue. As well as the Adult MHFA course, the organisation runs a number of tailored courses including Youth MHFA, Higher Education MHFA, Armed Forces MHFA and Workplace MHFA. MHFA England has a vision to normalise society’s attitudes and behaviours around mental health by developing the skills needed to look after our own and other’s wellbeing. More information about the MHFA England organisation and MHFA courses can be found at www.mhfaengland.org

Yours sincerely

Dave Joyce
National Health, Safety & Environment Officer

18LTB661 MHFA England Open Letter To Prime Minister And Government To Amend Health and Safety Legislation

Mini case study – Royal Mail – Final

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Yarl’s Wood Detention Centre – A Political Protest by CWU Women – Saturday 24th November 2018

Yarl’s Wood Detention Centre – A Political Protest by CWU Women – Saturday 24th November 2018

Further to LTB 617/18, we are writing to confirm further details in relation to the visit to Yarl’s Wood Detention Centre.

The meeting point on the day will be on Twinwood Road, MK41 6HL at midday.

I would be grateful if you can RSVP fhussein@cwu.org in order that we can have an indication of who will be attending.

The Equal Opportunities Department has contacted the detention Centre to alert them of our visit and we have also made a request to see if a social visit can be facilitated to allow a number of us to gain access into the Centre with a view to speaking with some of the detainees. We are waiting to hear what the response to this request will be. If you are interested in attending as part of an official CWU group, you will need to have an up-to-date passport, EC Identity Card or Photographic Driver’s License. If you do not have one of these, two of the following will also suffice.

  • Birth Certificate 
  • Marriage Certificate 
  • Rail/Bus Pass with Photograph 
  • Employer’s ID Card 
  • Trade Union Membership Card 

For a full list of ID requirements, please visit www.yarlswood.co.uk. Their website states that “visits are a very important part of the Yarl’s Wood day and we encourage you to come and spend time with our residents as often as you can”.

Please note that anyone going in for a visit will be searched, biometrically fingerprinted and have their photograph taken as part of the visit clearance procedure. All finger prints are deleted after 3 months after the visit.

A programme of activity planned for our visit, will be circulated on the day.

Any enquiries, please contact the Equal Opportunities Department on 0208 971 7388 or 07906636766.

Yours sincerely

Dave Ward

General Secretary

LTB 662 – Yarl’s Wood Detention Centre – A Political Protest by CWU Women – Saturday 24th November 2018

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Outsourcing of BT Facilities Services – Launch of CWU Campaign #ENDGAME

Outsourcing of BT Facilities Services – Launch of CWU Campaign #ENDGAME

The CWU launched the #ENDGAME campaign today at the National Branch Briefing held to discuss the recently announced news that BTPFS intend to outsource all of the Facilities Services to CBRE and ISS from April 2019.

The Campaign will be called #ENDGAME

The objectives of #ENDGAME are as follows:

  • To campaign against the outsourcing of BT Facilities Services.
  • To involve the branches and members so that they understand the objectives and become active in the campaign.

Job Security:

  • To oppose any compulsory redundancies and to seek an agreement on voluntary terms for job losses.

Terms and Conditions:

  • To protect the existing terms and conditions of employment including:
  1. At the minimum maintaining the Real Living Wage for Housekeepers and Security Officers.
  2. Safeguard contractual hours. 

Dispute:

  • In the event that the employer fails to agree to the CWU’s objectives then the members will be balloted for Industrial action.

#ENDGAME Microsite

A Microsite has been set up on the CWU website where we are asking all our members from BTPFS and BT to sign a letter opposing the decision to outsource which can be sent electronically to Gavin Patterson, BT CEO and the BT Board.

https://www.cwu.org/campaign/endgame/

Please find attached a copy of the model letter.

Petition

We are asking all our members from BTPFS and BT to sign the campaign petition. A copy of this is attached but can also be found on the Microsite.

Please find attached a copy of the petition.

Regional Demos

It will be out intention to hold a number of Regional Demonstrations outside key BT buildings to protest against the outsourcing. We would like to encourage as many BT branches and BTFS members to attend these events. Please note that any participation at these demos will require BT reps to take annual leave and it is strictly not permitted to use facility time.

It is important that as many of our BTFS members are involved in these events as possible and encouraged to support the campaign by coming out in their breaks or before/after their attendance.

Posters/Leaflets/Stickers

Please find attached electronic copies of the posters and leaflets that will be used during the campaign.

We will be sending out stickers to the branches shortly.

Facebook Live Sessions

You may have already seen the publicity on social media about a Facebook live session that will be arranged for 27 November between 18.30 and 19.30. You can access this by going to the CWU Facebook page. We would like as many BTFS and BT members to join in and ask questions.

Campaign Dedicated email address

If you or our members have any questions or queries regarding the outsourcing or campaign, please use our dedicated email addressendgame@cwu.org

Yours Sincerely

Sally Bridge

National Officer

654.2018

ENDGAME Leaflet

ENDGAME Petition

ENDGAME Poster

Model Letter BT Employee

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Election of National Delegations 2019

Election of National Delegations 2019

  • Labour Party Women’s Conference – 2019

Further to LTB 613/18, dated 5th November, at the close of nominations the following had been received:

Postal Constituency

NEC (1 Member)

Lynn Simpson Gloucestershire Amal *Elected

4 Lay Members

*Ballot Required
Rachel Daley Bristol & District Amal  
Katie Dunning West London Postal  
Kate Hudson South Midlands Postal  
Michelle Reid-Hay Grampian & Shetland Amal  
Laura Snell Eastern No 4  
Arlene Whittaker Mount Pleasant  
Telecom & Financial Services Constituency

NEC (1 Member)

Karen Rose South Wales *Elected

 

3 Lay Members

*Ballot Required
Sylvia Beckett Capital, Mid Wales The Marches & North Staffs, South Wales, West Yorkshire,  
Sonia Campbell Midland No 1  
Jaime Monsma Midland No 1  
Jean Sharrocks North East. Capital, Mid Wales The Marches & North Staffs, South Wales, West Yorkshire  
Trish Vollans West Yorkshire, Capital, Mid Wales The Marches & North Staffs, South Wales  

The ballot timetable is as follows:

Despatch ballot papers   27 November 2018
Ballot Closes    11 December 2018 (14:00)

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

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TRADES UNION CONGRESS 2018: CWU DELEGATION REPORT

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:-

  1. Agree a common bargaining agenda for individual sectors to tackle insecure employment and in work poverty and stress.
  2. 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.
  3. Agree a trade union New Deal Manifesto that builds on the Labour Party Manifesto and the work of the Institute of Employment Rights
  4. 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;

  1. 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)
  1. CWU POLICY POSITION ON MOTIONS AND AMENDMENTS
  2. The SDGS went through the CWU policy position on motions and amendments.

 

Motion

 

Subject Submitted By Recommendation
SECTION 1: THE ECONOMY
1 Industrial strategy: an economy for the many Unite

*Aslef amendment

S
2 The future of the retail sector Union of Shop, Distributive and Allied Workers S
3 Save Our Steel Community

S
4 Local casting Equity S
5 Automation Community S
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

*Unison amendment

S

*Oppose Amendment

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

ASLEF S
14 ETF fair transport campaign

Nautilus International S
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

S
Composite 2

(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

*RMT amendment

S
22* A better deal for low paid workers USDAW

*Equity amendment

O
23* Promoting flexible working Chartered Society of Physiotherapy

*RCM amendment

S
24* Bullying and harassment FDA

*College of Podiatry amendment

S
25* Regulation matters Prospect

*USDAW amendment

S
Composite 3

(previously 26)

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 amendment

S

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
Composite 6

(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

*Unite amendment

S
Section 4 – Good Services
Composite 7

(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

S
Composite 15 (Motion 49, 50 and amendments) Public sector pay

PCS, POA and FBU

S
Composite 9 (Motions 51, 52 and amendments) Education funding crisis

NEU, National Association of Head Teachers and UCU

S
53* Mental health and wellbeing of teachers NASUWT

*GMB amendment

S
Composite 10 (Motion 54, 55 and amendments) National Education Service National Education Union, University College Union and Unison

S
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

*NASUWT amendment

S
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

S
61* NHS pay Society of Chiropodists and Podiatrists

*FDA amendment

S
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

S
65 Civil service impartiality FDA S
66 Family justice system in crisis

Napo S
67 The transforming rehabilitation counter-revolution

Napo S
68* Grassland fires Fire Brigades Union

*TSSA amendment

S
Section 5: Strong Unions
Composite 13 (Motion 69 and amendments) A new deal for workers Communication Workers Union

NEU and PCS

Move
70 Collective voice Prospect S
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

S
76* International Labour Organisation Accord

*NASUWT amendment

S
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:

PROPOSITION TITLE SPEAKER DAY/TIME
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.


6 ELECTIONS

  • 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

Advance

Annette Mansell-Green  CWU Support
British Dietetic Association

Janice Godrich  CWU Support
Public and Commercial Services Union

Sue Ferns  CWU Support

Prospect

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.

Sunday 9th – 13.00  NSSW – Venue: Mechanics Institute – Terry Pullinger (Deputy General Secretary Postal)

Sunday 9th – 18.30 (or end of Conference) – Venue: Charter 4 – IER/CTUF

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 – 12.45 pm  The Fight for a New Deal for WorkersCWU/Unite/GMB  Venue: Exchange 9 – Dave Ward (CWU), Len McCluskey (Unite), Tim Roache (GMB)

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 – 12.45 pm  How can the Union-Labour Party link be developed from the workplace upwards? Venue: Exchange 1-Morning Star editor Ben Chacko plus trade union general secretaries

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

Media Contacts

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.

Any enquiries on the above LTB should be addressed to the General Secretary’s office gsoffice@cwu.org.

Yours sincerely

Dave Ward

General Secretary 

18LTB655 – TRADES UNION CONGRESS 2018- CWU DELEGATION REPORT

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