Branches and representatives may be aware of a managerial programme entitled Continuous Improvement Lean Academy (CILA).

Our understanding of the programme is that it focusses on management leadership behaviours in general but also discusses some lean management tools, which enable managers to consider what improvements they are going to focus on their plants. The business view is that part of the day job for the plant management team is to develop improvement plans and this training helps them do it the right way.

For absolute clarity this a managerial activity and the CWU has therefore had not had any input into the programme that has been developed, nor have we agreed to the participation of representatives in any associated workshops.

Historically the department initially received enquiries from the field in 2018 in relation to involvement of representatives in the activity and representation was made to the business. At that point we made it absolutely clear to the business that our view was that the issues of Employee Engagement/Continuous Improvement were proper to discussions between the DGS(P) and the appropriate RM representative and as such we would be referring the matter accordingly.

Since that time the subject has been discussed at NPG meetings and our belief was that while the CILA programme was still being used for managerial training/support our representatives were not being asked to participate in the activity.

We have now been advised from the field that representatives are once again being invited to attend workshops associated to CILA and that there may be some suggestion by management that this is a joint venture.

The advice of the department is that our position is unchanged, this is not a joint venture and we have not agreed to the participation of representatives in the activity/workshops. Representation has therefore once again been made to the business in relation to this issue and as such the department would advise that our representatives should politely decline any invitation to attend the CILA workshops.

Equally, it is reaffirmed that that any managerial proposals emanating from the CILA activity should be progressed in line with our National agreements and the IR Framework.

Any enquiries in relation to this LTB should be addressed to Davie Robertson, Assistant Secretary, email: or quoting reference number: 711.06

Yours sincerely

Davie Robertson
Assistant Secretary

LTB 143-19 – Continuous Improvement Lean Acadamy (CILA) – 06.03.19

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