BT PENSION SCHEME: MEMBER NOMINATED DIRECTOR

BT PENSION SCHEME: MEMBER NOMINATED DIRECTOR

Further to LTB 638/2018 the process to fill the Member Nominated Director vacancy has now been completed.

The Selection Panel, comprising representatives from the CWU, Prospect and the National Federation of Occupational Pensioners, interviewed shortlisted candidates and agreed to nominate Andy Kerr to fill the vacancy.

Andy is the Deputy General Secretary (T&FS) at the CWU and has a wide variety of pension experience, having overseen two major sets of BT pension negotiations and serving as a trustee of different schemes for over 20 years.

The appointment takes place with effect from the 1stMarch 2019.

Further information about the roles of the Member Nominated Directors can be found at www.btpensions.net

Yours sincerely

 

Nigel Cotgrove

Assistant Secretary

064.2019

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Royal Mail Uniform Supplier Contract Tendering Process 

Royal Mail Uniform Supplier Contract Tendering Process 

Dear Colleagues,

The Union has been made aware during discussions that Royal Mail has put the general uniform supplier contract (currently with the company Dimensions) out to tender.

As a result of further consultation and an exchange of emails (which have been shared with the relevant CWU Departments), Royal Mail has confirmed the following additional points in relation to this tendering process and the CWU’s wider and ongoing involvement:

  • The tendering process will cover the whole of the Royal Mail Group including the current uniform suppliers for Parcelforce and Royal Mail Property & Facilities Solutions.
  • Any new uniform supplier will need to be able to offer a ‘like-for like’ uniform range in terms of current uniform items including those subject to ongoing trials. However, the tendering process will also consider new uniform options and designs going forward which would be rolled out via a soft launch and in line with current stock ranges depleting.
  • The CWU will be consulted directly once a shortlist of 3 bidders has been established. However, this consultation will take place after the 3 shortlisted potential suppliers (expected to be identified in February this year) have held three national roadshow events (North/Central/South) to share their concepts/designs with predominately multifunctional frontline operatives.

Whilst further clarification and details will be sought from Royal Mail by the Outdoor Department on the tendering process and possible impact to the current uniform range at the appropriate meetings, it is clear that this tendering process and its longer term implication will require cross-departmental involvement as it is a Royal Mail Group wide activity.

As such and in order to support the cross-departmental approach, the following PE colleagues will be involved in this uniform tendering process on behalf of the listed Departments:

  • Mick Kavanagh and Darren Glebocki – Outdoor Department
  • Katrina Quirke – Processing, Logistics, Parcelforce, International, Quadrant Department
  • Alan Tate – Postal Technical & Central Services Department

Any enquires in relation to this LTB should be directed to the Outdoor Department, reference 500, email address: outdoorsecretary@cwu.org.

Or to Davie Robertson, Assistant Secretary, email: dwyatt@cwu.org or shayman@cwu.org quoting reference number: 005.

Or to the PTCS Department, quoting reference number 320: email khawkins@cwu.org.

Yours sincerely,

 

Mark Baulch – Assistant Secretary 

Davie Robertson – Assistant Secretary 

Ray Ellis – Assistant Secretary 

LTB 063.19 – Royal Mail Uniform Supplier Contract Tendering Process

TUPE of Apprentices from BT plc to BT Fleet Solutions

TUPE of Apprentices from BT plc to BT Fleet Solutions

The CWU have been advised that apprentices recruited since October 2017 within Wholesale & Ventures, now BT Enterprise, were held centrally as Early Talent within HR. This has now been reviewed and the apprentices are to be moved into the part of the business they are working in and they are being assigned to their local OUC as detailed in the attached letter.

For 37 apprentices in BT Fleet, this will result on a change of legal employment entity from BT plc to BT Fleet Ltd and therefore the transfer will be conducted under the Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) Regulations (TUPE). The CWU are working closely with BT to ensure a simple and easy transition and the attached initial FAQ document has been produced to aid the process and will grow should further questions be submitted.

The apprentices in BT Fleet Solutions were hired across two roles, Level 3 light vehicle maintenance technician and Level 3 Customer Service. The technicians are spread across the country and the customer service agents are based at Aquarius the headquarters office.

It has been confirmed that this will be a change of legal employer only and there will be no change to terms and conditions and existing policies will continue to apply. There will also be no organisational changes as they will remain in the same locations, working with the same teams and with the same manager as they are currently. There is only one change, a small improvement in that the potential for overtime becomes available.

The attached communication is being sent out to each apprentice at lunchtime on 30 January 2019 and their managers are to be briefed in due course. The transfer of employer entity will take place on 01 March 2019.

Any enquiries on the content of this briefing can be sent to this office on: ldefontaine@cwu.org.

Yours sincerely,

 

Brendan O’Brien

Assistant Secretary

LTB 062.2019

LTB 062.2019a LTB 062.2019b LTB 062.2019c

Tailored Review of the Health and Safety Executive (HSE)’ Report Published

Tailored Review of the Health and Safety Executive (HSE)’ Report Published

A new review, entitled the ‘Tailored Review of The HSE’ (The Smart Review), commissioned by the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) has called on the organisation to “up their game on safety inspections and prosecutions”. It also challenges many of the changes that were forced on the HSE by the Tory/Lib.Dem Coalition and Conservative Governments, making a total of 27 Recommendations.

The review, carried out by Sarah Smart (Chair of the Audit Committee at The Pensions Regulator), is generally positive about the HSE. However, it makes quite a number of recommendations that will reassure a lot of those who have been concerned over the direction that the HSE was going after 2010.

In 2010 the Tory/Lib.Dem Government instructed the HSE to stop all proactive safety inspections in the vast majority of sectors, terming them ‘Low or Medium Risk’ industries. From that point the HSE could only inspect workplaces after a complaint or a report of an incident. Local Councils were later ordered by the Government to do the same as it pursued its so called deregulatory agenda, removing ‘burdens on business’ with its ‘light-touch’ enforcement approach. As a result, HSE and Local Authority workplace inspections fell dramatically and Inspector staff numbers were slashed. This decline was highest in the local authority inspected sector where the number of pro-active inspections fell by 97 per cent between 2010 and 2016, and the overall number of inspections and other interventions fell by 65 per cent. Because of the fall in inspections, both prosecutions and enforcement activity fell as well.

The TUC, CWU and all UK Trade Unions campaigned and argued strongly that the move away from proactive inspections and enforcing authority staff cuts was a political move and not one based on evidence. The Unions also pointed out that the HSE approach to inspections was far more likely to find breaches of safety, where serious injuries have to be reported, rather than health. Proactive inspections continue to expose a material breach rate of 45-50 per cent, demonstrating the value of this form of intervention in removing risks from the workplace.

This latest report calls on the HSE to address these points. It asks for inspection and enforcement to be based on evidence of the best outcomes and there is a recommendation that the HSE maximise the impact of interventions on workplace health which means focusing ever-strained HSE resources on what works to remove risks. Equally welcome is the proposal that the HSE should consider taking on more challenging prosecutions. This would include areas that the HSE has shied away from in the past decade, such as work-related stress.

The report also looks at the composition of the HSE Board. The requirement for three worker seats and three employer seats has been under threat for several years. Firstly the Government increased the number of additional seats from three to six, which diluted the balance on the board and reduced the worker/employer voice, and then the Government started refusing to appoint trade unionist nominations to the board. At one point they even appointed an employer to fill one of the worker representative seats on the board and refused to appoint trade union nominations to the board supported by the TUC, CWU and UK Trade Unions. Only after a huge, high profile campaign did the Government eventually back off but then it delayed advertising a Workers Representative HSE Board Seat for 2 years.

The Smart review is very clear on this issue, as was an earlier review, four years previously (The Triennial Review of the Health and Safety Executive Report – Temple Report). It states “The tripartite structure of the HSE board should be retained”. It also asks the Government to explore “collaborative solutions” to avoid the situation we had whereby a board seat was vacant for 2 years because the Government simply could not bring itself to appoint the TUC, Trade Unions supported candidate.

Another area that the review looked at was the growing pressure on the HSE to take on more ‘Commercial Work’. This has been a major demand from the Government and, so far has widely been seen as a failure, with the HSE being forced to chase private work which had little, if any benefit to either the organisation, or health and safety in the UK in general. The report makes a number of important recommendations that it is worth quoting:

  • “Recommendation 5: The tripartite structure of the HSE Board should be retained (Involving Trade Union Seats). The Department should lead in exploring collaborative solutions to avoid a recurrence of the recent delays in filling vacancies for certain non-executive director roles.
  • “Recommendation 12: The HSE Board should examine how it receives assurance over the quality of HSE’s regulatory activity, including through the establishment of a dedicated team, and consider how it oversees the quality of local authority health and safety regulatory activity.”
  • “Recommendation 16: HSE should continue to develop and enhance its interventions to maximise its impact on work-related ill-health.”
  • “Recommendation 17: HSE should review its risk appetite in prosecutions and consider taking on more challenging prosecutions, in line with existing prosecution and enforcement guidance, when there is benefit in doing so.”
  • “Recommendation 18: HSE should continue to develop ways to facilitate local authority input into the development of relevant policy and regulation.”
  • “Recommendation 24: HSE should clarify the purpose of its commercial strategy and ambitions, to ensure that projects undertaken align and complement HSE’s core business”
  • Recommendation 25: HSE should ensure that the success of commercial activity is measured by its contribution, rather than by income.”

These Recommendations support the views campaigned on by the TUC, CWU and others in recent years during which time the HSE and Local Authority Health and Safety Regulation and Enforcement have come under attack by the Government. The Recommendations are a very strong reminder to the current Government that the HSE is there for a reason, which is to protect and improve the health and safety of workers and the public by enforcing Health and Safety Laws – and it is NOT a commercial organisation chasing profits.

The HSE Workforce will also welcome the proposals on staff engagement, communications and diversity which are issues that the HSE workforce Trade Unions have been campaigning on for many years.

The Report makes 27 Recommendations:-

  • Recommendation 1: HSE and the joint DWP and DHSC (Department of Health and Social Care) Work and Health Unit should review their collaboration and agree a Memorandum of Understanding.
  • Recommendation 2: In line with the Cabinet Office’s ‘Partnerships with arm’s length bodies: code of good practice’, the Department should review its partnership arrangements with HSE to provide greater clarity, ensure that they are proportionate and provide direct engagement between the centre of DWP and HSE. The Department should work with HSE to update the Framework Document to reflect this.
  • Recommendation 3: The Department’s Permanent Secretary and the HSE Chair should meet three or four times per year, and the Department and the HSE Chief Executive should maintain regular engagement.
  • Recommendation 4: The Department should review HSE’s budget delegations to ensure that the requirements for departmental approval are proportionate and recognise HSE’s size and maturity.
  • Recommendation 5: The tripartite structure of the HSE Board should be retained. The Department should lead in exploring collaborative solutions to avoid a recurrence of the recent delays in filling vacancies for certain non-executive director roles.
  • Recommendation 6: The HSE and ONR Boards should agree when it is appropriate to end the reciprocal board membership arrangement.
  • Recommendation 7: The HSE Board should consider whether there are opportunities to reduce the number of attendees at HSE Board meetings, in line with best practice, while maintaining the necessary skills and effectiveness of the Board.
  • Recommendation 8: HSE should develop a skills matrix for the HSE Board and conduct an annual skills review to identify any gaps against this.
  • Recommendation 9: The Department should ensure that future appointments to the HSE Board aim to fill any identified skills gaps and increase diversity on the Board, and continue to aim to stagger appointment terms.
  • Recommendation 10: The HSE Board should continue to review open Board meetings, to ensure that each meeting has clear objectives and an appropriate format to support this.
  • Recommendation 11: The HSE Management Board should conduct a review of its own effectiveness, as well as the structure of the Management Board and Extended Management Board, to ensure that these are as effective and efficient as possible.
  • Recommendation 12: The HSE Board should examine how it receives assurance over the quality of HSE’s regulatory activity, including through the establishment of a dedicated team, and consider how it oversees the quality of local authority health and safety regulatory activity.
  • Recommendation 13: HSE should ensure that both externally and internally facing objectives are published, publicly reported against and included in performance tracking, as well as considering the benefit of a multi-year corporate plan.
  • Recommendation 14: Using the insight work and building on the successful Business Intelligence tool, HSE should refresh its performance information, with appropriately challenging targets, and a focus on outcomes. HSE should discuss with other regulators to share best practice on effective outcome – based measurements of regulatory performance.
  • Recommendation 15: HSE and the Department should work together to clarify responsibilities for horizon-scanning and increase the prominence of this work.
  • Recommendation 16: HSE should continue to develop and enhance its interventions to maximise its impact on work-related ill-health.
  • Recommendation 17: HSE should review its risk appetite in prosecutions and consider taking on more challenging prosecutions, in line with existing prosecution and enforcement guidance, when there is benefit in doing so.
  • Recommendation 18: HSE should continue to develop ways to facilitate local authority input into the development of relevant policy and regulation.
  • Recommendation 19: HSE should continue to work with the Cabinet Office, in line with the recommendations of the Regulatory Futures Review, to consider enabling local authorities to recover the costs of some of their enforcement activities.
  • Recommendation 23: HSE should explore opportunities for expansion of the use of cost recovery in certain sectors, building on the lessons learned from Fee for Intervention to ensure clear objectives.
  • Recommendation 24: HSE should clarify the purpose of its commercial strategy and ambitions, to ensure that projects undertaken align with, and complement, HSE’s core business.
  • Recommendation 25: HSE should ensure that the success of commercial activity is measured by its contribution, rather than by income.
  • Recommendation 26: Cabinet Office and HM Treasury should consider the potential impact of uncertain cost recovery income on budgets and HSE should work with the Department, HM Treasury and Cabinet Office to clarify the position of commercial and Fee for Intervention income in the budgeting process
  • Recommendation 27: HSE should consider how best to achieve further efficiencies over the next five years, with a particular focus on continuing to drive down estates costs, targeting regulatory activity and the use of digital services.

A copy of the 40 page Report ‘Tailored Review of the Health and Safety’ known as the ‘Smart Review’ is attached for your information and reference.

Yours sincerely

 

Dave Joyce
National Health, Safety & Environment Officer

19LTB061 Tailored Review of the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) Report Published

HSE-Tailored-Review-Nov 2018

TUC WOMEN’S CONFERENCE – 6 – 8 MARCH 2019

TUC WOMEN’S CONFERENCE – 6TH – 8TH MARCH 2019

The TUC Women’s Conference 2019 is being held from 6th – 8th March 2019 at the TUC, Congress House, Great Russell Street, London WC1B 3LS.  The Conference sessions will be as follows:

Wednesday 6th March          14.00 – 17.30

Thursday 7th March             09.30 – 17.30

Friday 8th March                 09.15 – 13.00

 

The CWU are allowed a limited number of visitors to attend the above Conference and places will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.  Due to the need for extra security at all TUC Conferences, names and addresses of those wanting visitor tickets must be supplied and tickets are not transferable.

Anyone interested in attending will need to contact their Branch initially for funding, to include a £10 visitor ticket fee. The easiest way to pay the £10 fee will be for us to transfer it directly from your Branch’s account through the rebate system, therefore please contact Angela Niven on conferences@cwu.org with details of which Branch the individual belongs to on application.  Alternatively you can send a cheque (made payable to ‘CWU’) addressed to Angela Niven at CWU HQ with a covering letter.  Please note that places will not be reserved until the £10 fee is received.

Please let me know if you would like to attend the Conference as a visitor by no later than midday on Wednesday 6th February 2019.

Any further enquiries with regards this please contact conferences@cwu.org or Angela Niven on 020 8971 7256.

 

Dave Ward

General Secretary

19LTB060 – Visitors to Womens Conference

Royal Mail Property Facilities and Solution: Changes to Senior Leadership Team

Royal Mail Property Facilities and Solution: Changes to Senior Leadership Team

We attach for the information of Branches a communication issued by Martin Gafsen Group Director of Property and Facilities Solutions concerning changes to the senior leadership team, issued last week.

The changes to the senior management team have no immediate effect on CWU represented grades. It is understood that the integration of management of Hard FM (engineering) and Soft FM (cleaning) will be extended to regional level as part of these changes but there will be no immediate changes to the direct management of CWU represented grades.

Any enquiries regarding the content of this LTB should be addressed to the PTCS Department, quoting reference number 320: email khawkins@cwu.org or to the Outdoor Department quoting reference 120: email address: outdoorsecretary@cwu.org.

Yours Sincerely,

 

Ray Ellis – Assistant Secretary                                    

Mark Baulch – Assistant Secretary          

Attachment 1 – 19LTB059 – Royal Mail Property Facilities and Solution – Changes to Senior Leadership Team

Attachment 2 – Royal Mail Comms


CWU Womens’ Conference Motion – Female Facilities in BT

CWU Womens’ Conference Motion – Female Facilities in BT

In October 2018 LTB 608/2018 was issued that reported to Branches of the BTP&FS programme to improve female facilities in the 172 sites where there are currently female engineers.

I have now received an update of that programme which is being driven locally by FSMs. I attach for information the list of the 172 sites where the toilet refresh is taking place.

Whilst the refresh programme started later than anticipated and funds have been secured to finish all sites with work ongoing into the next financial year.

I have recently received a number of queries regarding closure of toilets and after making further representation on this, management continue to state that are no closure of toilets, however in some cases there will be some consolidation to a unisex block of toilets but each case will be different.  Where there is consolidation, the walls in each cubicle will be floor to ceiling and have robust locks.

If you have questions in relation to the LTB please address these to Sally Bridge, National Officer sabridge@cwu.org

Yours sincerely,

 

Sally Bridge

National Officer                        

LTB 058.2018

LTB 058.2019 Attachment 1

 

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5th UNI World Women’s Conference 2018 – Liverpool, UK

Dear Colleagues

5th UNI World Women’s Conference 2018 – Liverpool, UK

The 5th UNI World Women’s Conference was held in Liverpool from Thursday 14th – Friday 15th June 2018. 

The CWU Delegation comprised of:

Jane Loftus Vice President

Shelley Banbury

Kate Hudson

Katie Dunning

Jean Sharrocks

Becca Hufton

Bill Taylor

Attached are the minutes of the CWU Women’s Delegation meeting which took place on Wednesday 13th June 2018. The Conference motions and recommendations are also attached for your information. 

Any further enquiries regarding this LTB should be addressed to the General Secretary’s Office at gsoffice@cwu.org quoting the reference LTB 056/19.

Yours sincerely

 

Dave Ward
General Secretary

19LTB056 – 5TH UNI WORLD WOMENS CONFERENCE 2018

DELEGATION MINUTES UNI WOMENS CONGRESS

EN – Provisional Report of the Resolutions Committee.doc

UNI World Women – policy

CWU Women’s & LGBT Conferences 2019 – Social Events

CWU Women’s & LGBT Conferences 2019 – Social Events

Please note that the social events for the above Conferences will be taking place as follows:

  1. CWU Women’s Conference – Social

Tuesday 5th February 2019 at the Liner Hotel, Lord Nelson Street, Liverpool L3 5QB

The evening is entitled ‘Nightcap with the WAC’, which will be a networking opportunity prior to Conference, particularly for the assistance of first time attendees.  The event will be held in the hotel bar area from 7pm onwards.

  1. CWU LGBT Conference Social 

Wednesday 6th February 2019 at Ma Egerton’s Stage Door, 9 Pudsey Street, Liverpool L1 1JA

The pub is approximately 1 minute away from the Liner Hotel and has been booked from 7.30pm – 10pm.

We would welcome and encourage you to attend the Conference social events, as it will be an opportunity to network and bond with the WAC/LGBTAC and other delegates prior to Conference.

 

Yours sincerely

 

Trish Lavelle

Assistant Secretary

19LTB052


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