CWU Disability Conference Agenda Pad – Thursday 24 January 2019

CWU Disability Conference Agenda Pad – Thursday 24th January 2019

Branches would wish to know that the agenda for the forthcoming CWU Disability Conference being held in Birmingham on Thursday 24th January 2019 has now been published on the website and can be accessed using the link below:

http://www.cwu.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/Disability-Agenda-2019.pdf

Hard copies of the agenda will be sent to Branch addresses of everyone that has registered using the online registration system.

Credential cards for delegates/visitors and voting cards for this conference will be issued on the morning of the conference at registration.

Any enquiries regarding this LTB should be addressed to Angela Niven by telephoning 020 8971 7256 or by post to head office or by email to conferences@cwu.org

Yours sincerely,

A P Kearns

Senior Deputy General Secretary

18LTB710 – CWU Disability Conference 2019 – Agenda Pad

Disability Agenda 2019

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CWU Young Workers Conference 2019 – Agenda Pad

CWU Young Workers Conference 2019 – Agenda Pad

Branches would wish to know that the agenda for the forthcoming CWU Young Workers Conference being held in Birmingham on Tuesday 22nd January 2019 has now been published on the website and can be accessed using the link below:

http://www.cwu.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/YOUNG-WORKERS-CONFERENCE-AGENDA-PAD-20193.pdf

Hard copies of the agenda will be sent to Branch addresses of everyone that has registered using the online registration system.

Credential cards for delegates/visitors and voting cards for this conference will be issued on the morning of the conference at registration.

Any enquiries regarding this LTB should be addressed to Angela Niven by telephoning 020 8971 7256 or by post to head office or by email to conferences@cwu.org

Yours sincerely,

A P Kearns

Senior Deputy General Secretary

18LTB713 – CWU Young Workers Conference 2019 – Agenda Pad

YOUNG WORKERS CONFERENCE AGENDA PAD 2019

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POST OFFICE – “SAVE OUR POST OFFICE” CAMPAIGN – POLITICAL UPDATE

POST OFFICE – “SAVE OUR POST OFFICE” CAMPAIGN – POLITICAL UPDATE

Further to LTB 680/18 dated 4th December. 

We would like to provide Branches with an update specifically on political developments since the “Save Our Post Office” campaign date on 1st December. 

Westminster Hall Debate – Thursday 10th January

A debate will take place on 10th January at 1.30pm for 90 minutes on the subject of “Franchising of Crown Post Offices and the effect on high streets and local communities”. This initiative has been instigated by Lisa Nandy, MP for Wigan and should mean that the BEIS minister with responsibility for Post Office, Kelly Tolhurst, MP, will be responding to the debate. We are expecting a good participation level from MPs across all parties, especially from those with a Crown Office on the list of 74 which have been earmarked for franchising to WHSmith. 

We would anticipate that a significant part of the debate will centre on the misuse of public money in terms of the Settlement Agreement which we have estimated will cost the Post Office in excess of £30m. Interestingly the Post Office hasn’t denied this number and hasn’t been able to refute the use of government monies for the specific purpose of propping up a private ailing retailer. Essentially millions of pounds of taxpayers’ money is being used for TUPE avoidance and in reality is designed to pay off our experienced members thus enabling WHSmith to replace them with new employees on the minimum wage. This is a central plank to our “Save Our Post Office” campaign as the Post Office approach, supported by government, allows for exploitation, particularly of young workers, and also presents us with significant obstacles to organising and recruiting workers into the Union. 

All Branches, particularly those that have a Crown Office currently under threat are encouraged to write formally to your local MPs, urging them to attend and participate in this debate. Attached to this LTB is a model letter for Branches to utilise for this purpose.

We would also remind Branches to encourage MPs to sign EDM 1751, “Crown Post Office Closure and Privatisation” which currently has just 41 signatures. The model letter associated with this activity (and previously attached to LTB 616/18) is attached again for ease of reference. 

Finally, please urge all members to sign our online petition – “Save Our Post Office” via our microsite www.saveourpostoffice.co.uk

If you require any further information on this matter, please contact Natasha Burgess, Political Advisor, GS Office, by emailing nburgess@cwu.org.

Thank you for your continued support in this crucial campaign. Further developments will be reported.

Yours sincerely

Andy Furey – Assistant Secretary                 

Terry Pullinger – DGS(P)      

Dave Ward – General Secretary

18LTB 711 – Post Office – Save our Post Office Campaign – Political Update

Attachment 1: Model letter Westminster debate

Attachment 2: Model letter attached to LTB 616-18

Safe & Well – December 2018

Safe & Well – December 2018

Dear Colleagues,

Please see December’s edition of Safe and Well newsletter with contributions from our USRs and field teams. The edition leads on the actions needed as part of a Cobra Rod incident. Other topics include a reminder on festive activities; new Ground Support Person training for the new MEWPs, a bit from Safety Day in SD and a reminder on what is a Near Miss and a reminder on help and support available.

Yours sincerely

Dave Joyce
National Health, Safety & Environment Officer

18LTB712 Safe & Well – December 2018

Safe and Well Issue 65 December 2018

Toolbox Talk – Working with Cobra Rods 2018

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CWU Disability Conference Agenda Pad – Thursday 24 January 2019

CWU Disability Conference Agenda Pad – Thursday 24th January 2019

Branches would wish to know that the agenda for the forthcoming CWU Disability Conference being held in Birmingham on Thursday 24th January 2019 has now been published on the website and can be accessed using the link below:

http://www.cwu.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/Disability-Agenda-2019.pdf

Hard copies of the agenda will be sent to Branch addresses of everyone that has registered using the online registration system.

Credential cards for delegates/visitors and voting cards for this conference will be issued on the morning of the conference at registration.

Any enquiries regarding this LTB should be addressed to Angela Niven by telephoning 020 8971 7256 or by post to head office or by email to conferences@cwu.org

Yours sincerely,

A P Kearns

Senior Deputy General Secretary

18LTB710 – CWU Disability Conference 2019 – Agenda Pad

Disability Guidance 2019

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CWU Black Workers Conference Agenda Pad – Wednesday 23January 2019

CWU Black Workers Conference Agenda Pad – Wednesday 23rdJanuary 2019

Branches would wish to know that the agenda for the forthcoming CWU Black Workers Conference being held in Birmingham on Wednesday 23rd January 2019 has now been published on the website and can be accessed using the link below:

http://www.cwu.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/BLACK-WORKERS-AGENDA-2019.pdf

Hard copies of the agenda will be sent to Branch addresses of everyone that has registered using the online registration system.

Credential cards for delegates/visitors and voting cards for this conference will be issued on the morning of the conference at registration.

Any enquiries regarding this LTB should be addressed to Angela Niven by telephoning 020 8971 7256 or by post to head office or by email to conferences@cwu.org

Yours sincerely,

A P Kearns

Senior Deputy General Secretary

18LTB709 – CWU Black Workers Conference 2019 – Agenda Pad

BLACK WORKERS AGENDA 2019

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Government Announcement to Scrap Pay Between Assignment Contracts – Swedish Derogation

Government Announcement to Scrap Pay Between Assignment Contracts – Swedish Derogation

The Government has announced today workplace reforms that will affect agency workers and those working in the gig economy.

Under new legislation announced today the Swedish Derogation which is a loophole within the Agency Worker regulations that allows agency workers to be paid inferior pay rates to permanent employees will be scrapped.

This is part of a number of new legislation and measures that will be unveiled today which takes forward the recommendations made by Matthew Taylor in his review of modern practices to address the challenges of the gig economy and agency working, the changing world of work and its impact on the modern economy.

The new legislation introduced today in full will:

  • Close the loophole by repealing the the Swedish Derogation – which currently allows agency workers to be employed on cheaper rates than permanent counterparts.
  • Extend the right to a day one written statement of rights to workers, going further to include detail on rights such as eligibility for sick leave and pay and details of other types of paid leave, such as maternity and paternity leave; 
  • Quadruple maximum employment tribunal fines for employers who are demonstrated to have shown malice, spite or gross oversight from £5,000 to £20,000; and
  • Extend the holiday pay reference period from 12-52 weeks, ensuring those in seasonal or atypical roles get the paid time off they are entitled to.
  • Lower the threshold required for a request to set up Information and Consultation arrangements

As part of the reforms to upgrade workers right and improve the quality of work, there are also plans to tackle exploitation of low paid workers including:

  • Bringing forward proposals in early 2019 for a single enforcement body to ensure vulnerable workers are better protected;
  • More resource for the Employment Agency Standards (EAS) Inspectorate;
  • Creating new powers to impose penalties for employers who breach employment agency legislation like non-payment of wages;
  • Consulting on Salaried Hours work and Salary Sacrifice Schemes to ensure National Minimum Wage rules do not inadvertently penalise employers.
  • Bringing forward legislation to enforce holiday pay for vulnerable workers;
  • Consulting on the recommendation on non-compliance in supply chains.

This announcement comes after a long-running campaign by the CWU to eradicate Pay Between Assignment contracts in BT which were introduced in 2011 as part of the Agency Worker Regulations and is vindication of the campaign that has been run over many years.

At this point there is no further detail but it is however expected that a statement will be made to parliament shortly.

Any queries to be addressed to Sally Bridge at sabridge@cwu.org

Yours Sincerely

Sally Bridge

National Officer

LTB 706.2018

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Special Rules Revision Conference 2019 – Submission of Rule Amendments

Special Rules Revision Conference 2019 – Submission of Rule Amendments

Attached with this Letter to Branches are Rule Amendment forms for the Special Rules Revision Conference 2019.

Branches should note that the Motion Guide for submitting rule amendments to the Special Rules Revision Conference 2019 has been attached.

Entitlements

In relation to the Special Rules Revision Conference 2019 all Branches and Regional Committees are entitled to submit up to three proposals to the Special Rules Revision Conference 2019.

Branches and Regional Committees are reminded that the closing date for submissions of Rules Amendments to the Special Rules Revision Conference 2019 is midnight Tuesday 5nd February 2019Submission of Rules Amendments can be posted or emailed but must arrive by midnight.

If sending Motions by post, Branches must ensure they use a signed for service which guarantees delivery by the closing date and time.

Branches, Regions, and the NEC are reminded that the Standing Orders Committee will not alter or amend any of the Rule Amendments submitted therefore it is important that Rule Amendments are checked before they are submitted.

Please note that all correspondence must be sent by e-mail toconferences@cwu.org and no other personal e-mail address.

Any queries regarding this Letter to Branches should be addressed to Angela Niven on 020 8971 7256 or by e-mail toconferences@cwu.org

Yours sincerely,

A P Kearns

Senior Deputy General Secretary

18LTB708 – Special Rules Conference 2019 – Submission of Rule Amendments

SRR Guidance notes 19

SRR Proposal Form 19

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General Conference 2019 – Sunday 28th April 2019

General Conference 2019 – Sunday 28th April 2019

Attached with this Letter to Branches are motion forms for General Conference 2019. Branches should note that the motion guide for submitting motions to General Conference 2019 has been attached. Submitting bodies are advised to read the guidance notes carefully prior to submitting motions to ensure your motions meet the criteria for submission.

Entitlements In relation to the General Conference 2019:

  • All Branches are entitled to submit three motions to General Conference.
  • Regional Committees are entitled to submit three motions to the General Conference – however one of the motions must be from the Regional Women’s Committee.
  • Regional Health and Safety Forums are entitled to submit three motions on Health, Safety and Environmental matters to the Health Safety and Environment section of the agenda.

Branches/Regional Committees/Regional Health and Safety Forums are also reminded that the closing date for the submission of motions to General Conference is midnight, Tuesday 12th February 2019

Any queries regarding this Letter to Branches should be addressed to Angela Niven on 020 8971 7256 or by email to conferences@cwu.org

Branches/Regions/Health and Safety Forums/Equality Conferences and the NEC are reminded that the Standing Orders Committee will not alter or amend any of the motions submitted therefore it is important that motions are checked before they are submitted.

Motions received, will be acknowledged within 72 hours. If you do not receive notification of the receipt of your motions, contactconferences@cwu.org or call Angela Niven at head office on 020 8971 7256 to confirm receipt.

If sending motions by post, Branches must ensure they use a signed for service which guarantees delivery by the closing date and time.

Motions submitted by email and any other email correspondence must be sent to conferences@cwu.org and no other personal email address.

Yours sincerely,

A P Kearns

Senior Deputy General Secretary

18LTB707 – General Conference 2019 – Sunday 28th April 2019

General Motion Guide 2019

General Conference Motion Form 2019

HS-Form-2019

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