Election of NEC, Industrial Executives & National Officers 2019

FORMAL NOTICE

PLEASE NOTE THIS LTB CONTAINS IMPORTANT INFORMATION 
FOR IMMEDIATE DISTRIBUTION AND DISPLAY THROUGHOUT YOUR BRANCH

 

Dear Colleagues,

ELECTION OF: 

    • CWU National Executive Council
    • CWU Industrial Executives
    • CWU Assistant Secretary TFS 1
    • CWU Assistant Secretary TFS 2

 

Further to LTB 229/19 dated 12th April 2019, which contained formal notification of the timetable for the above elections.

The NEC has now approved the regulations for the above elections which are attached to this LTB for your information.  In addition to the regulations, due to the revised size and composition of the NEC, we have produced some informative guidelines to assist branches in the forthcoming election arrangements.  Again these are attached to this LTB.

Branches with members in the TFS constituency will also need to take into consideration the revised composition of the TFSE which can be found in Appendix 3 of the election regulations.

Please note that in respect of the CWU Assistant Secretaries; TFS 3, Legal Services and Health Safety and Environment, the NEC has taken the decision that it is necessary to continue to defer the elections for these positions pending the outcome of the Redesign Project review of CWU HQ structures and the review of the National Industrial structures as set out in proposition 27 which was carried at the 2019 General Conference.

For ease of reference the details of the National Representative positions to be elected in 2019 are set out below.

 

CWU NATIONAL EXECUTIVE COUNCIL & INDUSTRIAL EXECUTIVES 

1)     NATIONAL EXECUTIVE COUNCIL

NEC positions are subject to election in accordance with the CWU national rule that requires election for NEC and Industrial Executive positions every 2 years.

The NEC shall comprise of 30 members:

a) President and Vice President, but their inclusion shall not increase the numbers from their originating Constituencies.

b) 11 lay members elected biennially by and from the Postal Constituency and 1 of whom shall be the Vice Chair. All of whom shall automatically be members of the Postal Industrial Executive.

c) 2 lay members elected biennially by and from the Postal Constituency.

d) 8 lay members elected biennially from the Telecoms and Financial Services Constituency and 1 of whom shall be the Vice Chair. All of whom shall automatically be members of the Telecoms and Financial Services Industrial Executive.

e) 2 lay members elected biennially by and from the Telecoms and Financial Services Constituency.

f) 2 lay Young Workers members elected biennially who must be 29 or under at the time of the election. 1 of whom will be elected by and from the Postal Constituency and 1 of whom shall be elected by and from the Telecoms and Financial Services Constituency.

g) 1 lay Retired Member elected biennially by all members of the Retired sector.
The Retired Members NEC Representative shall not be entitled to vote on issues that are Financial, Rule, Constitutional or issues that could be considered to have an Industrial context except where they apply only to Retired Members.

h) 4 lay Equality members elected biennially 1 from each of the following equality strands: Women, LGBT, BAME, Disability.

From the date of introduction i.e. 2019 two strand members will be elected by and from members of the Postal Constituency and 2 strand members will be elected by and from members of the Telecoms and Financial Services Constituency.  The NEC will be responsible for the allocation of the 2 seats to each constituency. The selection will be reversed at the next series of elections i.e. after a 2 year period.

For the 2019 elections NEC allocation of the Equality Stand seats will be as follows:

Women – TFS Constituency
LGBT – Postal Constituency
BAME – TFS Constituency
Disability – Postal Constituency

Please note that the NEC members listed in categories c), e), f), g) and h) are members of the NEC only and are not automatically members of their respective Industrial Executives. 

 

2)     CWU INDUSTRIAL EXECUTIVE COMMITTEES

Postal Executive (PE)

The Postal Executive shall consist of 17 lay members elected biennially by and taken from the Postal Constituency of whom;

  • 2 shall be elected by and from PTS Grades.
  • 15 shall be elected by and from Postal Grades.

Separate ballots are conducted for the NEC and PE positions however in accordance with the rules of the union the elected Chair, Vice Chair and the 9 NEC members elected by the Postal Constituency will automatically be members of the PE.

In practice this means that the PE Ballot(s) will be for the remaining positions available which will be 6 positions. The precise number of “grade” positions available to 1) Postal Grades and 2) PTS Grades will vary depending on the grade of the successful candidates in the NEC election.

Further information regarding the voting entitlement for the PE elections will be published to branches prior to the dispatch of ballot papers.  

 

3)     TELECOMS & FINANCIAL SERVICES CONSTITUENCY INDUSTRIAL EXECUTIVE POSITIONS 

The Telecoms & Financial Services Executive (T&FSE) will consist of 16 lay members elected biennially.

The composition of the T&FS Executive is as follows:

a) 8 NEC members elected by and from all members in the Telecoms and Financial Services Constituency whom in accordance with the rules of the CWU shall automatically be members of the respective Industrial Executives.

b) 1 member elected by and from all members the Telecom & Financial Services Constituency and who must be aged 29 or under at the time of the election.

c) 1 member elected by and taken from members in the Santander Group and related companies (Santander UK, Santander UK Operations Ltd, Santander UK Technology Ltd, Santander Global and RR Donnelley).

d) 1 member elected by and taken from members in Telefonica O2 UK, Connect 44 and ISS Eaton.

e) 1 member elected by and from all members working for Capita in the T&FS Sector and 14Forty (Capita contract).

f) 4 members elected by and taken from all other members in the Telecom & Financial Services Constituency.

Further information regarding the voting entitlement for the T&FSE elections will be published to branches prior to the dispatch of ballot papers.

 

CWU ASSISTANT SECRETARY TELECOMS & FINANCIAL SERVICES – TFS 1 

The above TFS Assistant Secretary is currently responsible for dealing with the following companies:

BT Business & Public Sector, BT Ireland (non Networks), BT European Consultative Committee, BT Global Services, Computacenter, Ericsson, Anovo – Ingram Micro. 

 

CWU ASSISTANT SECRETARY TELECOMS & FINANCIAL SERVICES – TFS 2

The above TFS Assistant Secretary is currently responsible for dealing with the following companies:

Accenture, BT Personnel & Equality issues, BT Group HR, BT Learning, BT Technology, Service and Operations, Damovo, Hewlett Packard, Sopra Steria, Tech Mahindra.

The responsibilities of all CWU Assistant Secretaries shall be to carry out and discharge under the direction of the GS such Union duties as they may be deemed required to perform.

 

The timetable for all of the above elections, as previously notified in LTB 229/19, is as follows:

Nominations open:                                    21 May 2019
Nominations close:                                    11 June 2019 (14:00)
Accept nominations:                                  14 June 2019 (14:00)
(TFSE NEC/IE positions only):

Dispatch of ballot material from*:          2 July 2019
Ballot closes first post:                              24 July 2019 (First Post)
Result:                                                          26 July 2019

*Please note that ballot papers will be sent to all eligible members who are included in the membership register maintained by the union as at 2 June 2019.  Therefore any changes of address, etc. will need to have been received at CWU HQ prior to this date.

Branches will also wish to note that the independent scrutineer appointed by the union to oversee the election arrangements is Electoral Reform Services.

The Election Regulations stipulate that a copy of the regulations for these elections must be distributed to all branches in advance of the nomination process.  A copy of the Election Regulations is therefore attached and I would be grateful if you could ensure that these are brought to the attention of the members of your branch.

The regulations will also be published on the CWU website and a copy will be issued to all candidates nominated to stand in the Election(s). 

Further information regarding the nomination arrangements will be sent to branches in due course. However Branches are reminded that in order for nominations for the above positions to be valid then they will need to be submitted on the appropriate CWU HQ issued nomination forms.

 

Elections Prize Draws 

Branches are reminded that in order to protect the integrity of these very important national elections and more importantly, ensure that the union is legally compliant with the relevant legislation covering such elections, that election prize draws should not be conducted under any circumstances unless written authorisation has been given by the Senior Deputy General Secretary.

Any enquiries regarding this LTB should be addressed to Senior Deputy General Secretary Department, CWU HQ, for the attention of Peter Metcalfe on 0208 971 7368, or email: pmetcalfe@cwu.org

Yours sincerely,

 

Tony Kearns
Senior Deputy General Secretary

19LTB296

NEC & IE Election Regulations 2019

National Officer Election Regulations 2019

Election Guide 2019 – NEC & IE Elections



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