It’s time to order your Organ Donation Week materials – Organ Donation Week 2019 is happening between Monday 2nd and Sunday 8th September

It’s time to order your Organ Donation Week materials – Organ Donation Week 2019 is happening between Monday 2nd and Sunday 8th September

In line with CWU Conference Policy we are once again supporting Organ Donation Week and urging all Branches, Regions, Reps and Members to give their support to the week by raising awareness, urging members to talk about it to their families and sign-up and carry a donor card.

Ordering Organ Donation Week Promotional Materials

Organ Donation Week 2019 is happening between Monday 2nd and Sunday 8th September. Please follow the link below to order promotional materials for you to use in your promotional activities during the week and at other times during the year:

https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/odw2019

Please note, the deadline for ordering a promotional pack in England, Wales and Northern Ireland is Friday 28th June.

A key priority for Organ Donation Week activities in England this year will be help explain to people that the law is changing, what this means and to encourage people to make and share their donation decision. Therefore, different packs are available which have been tailor made to reflect the legislation around organ donation in that country as follows:

England – packs will consist of a mixture of ‘Yes I Donate’ promotional materials and materials for the opt-out campaign “Pass it On”. Also included is a key fact sheet, so that supporters have the relevant information available to answer questions on the new legislation if asked.

Digital promotional materials for the Pass It On campaign are already available to download from the Get Involved Hub.  Please use these and raise awareness that the law is changing.

Wales – packs will consist of a mixture of Yes I Donate materials in both English and Welsh languages. There will also be bilingual promotional items sent from the Welsh government for anyone who requests a promotional pack.

Northern Ireland – packs will consist of Yes I Donate materials in line with the current opt-in system operating in Northern Ireland.

Scotland – If you would like to order promotional materials for use in Scotland during Organ Donation Week 2019, you can place an order online at:

https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/odmaterialorderform

or email:

Organ_Donation_Scotland@gov.scot to discuss your requirements.

There is a checkbox on the survey if you wish to be kept informed about future promotional activity too.

If you have any questions, please contact marketing.comms@nhsbt.nhs.uk

Yours sincerely

 

Dave Joyce
National Health, Safety & Environment Officer

19LTB387 Order your Organ Donation Week materials – Organ Donation Week 2019 2 – 8 September

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CWU/RM National Terms of Reference – Uniform Trial Footwear Magnum Bandera Active Trainers & Panther Taormina Shoe (Non Safety)  

CWU/RM National Terms of Reference – Uniform Trial Footwear Magnum Bandera Active Trainers & Panther Taormina Shoe (Non Safety)

 

Dear Colleagues,

 

Branches will be aware that LTB 459/18 set out the Terms of Reference in relation to footwear trials of the Magnum Bandera Active Trainersand the Panther Taormina Shoe (Non Safety).

 

Following a prolonged and successful trial period, where some 5,000 Magnum Bandera Active Trainers and some 1,000 Panther Taormina pairs of Shoes where trialed, these received very positive feedback. As a consequence and following further discussions involving the Outdoor Department with Royal Mail Nationally, the business has now confirmed that both footwear items will now be added to the current non-safety range.

 

To confirm, the Magnum Bandera Active Trainer is based on a unisex sizing, whereas the Panther Taormina Shoe is based on ‘female fit’ sizes 2 – 7 and ‘unisex fit’ sizes 8 plus. It is expected that both items will be made fully available for general order by November this year.

 

This is a further and welcomed development regarding footwear, and specifically in regards to ‘female fit’ footwear which takes the full range of non-safety footwear items up to six in number. Attached to this LTB for your reference is a copy of a poster which details the current non-safety footwear range, including the Panther Discovery Vegan Trainer(also referred to as the Panther Emiliana, in the case of the female fit sizes 2-7) which are currently the subject of a jointly agreed National trial, the details of which are set out in LTB 314, dated the 24th of May.

 

Whilst the above details are self-explanatory and hopefully welcomed by Branches and members alike, any enquiries regarding this subject matter or uniform matters in general should be directed to the Outdoor Department, reference 500, email address:outdoorsecretary@cwu.org.

 

 

Yours sincerely,

 

Mark Baulch CWU Assistant Secretary

Paul Routledge: ( Daily Mirror ) Don’t switch us off! Over-75s revolt in Leeds over TV licences.

Paul Routledge: ( Daily Mirror ) Don’t switch us off! Over-75s revolt in Leeds over TV licences.

The Mirror’s Paul Routledge, centre, joined protestors in Leeds angry about the axed TV licence benefit.

They came from all over Yorkshire to show their anger at the Tory-inspired raid on free TV licences for the over-75s.

Protesting pensioners, mostly ladies, filled the pavement outside the BBC’s northern HQ in Leeds.

My, did they make a noise.

And they were just one of 20 such demonstrations all over the country.

Through the plate-glass windows of their plush offices, Beeb bosses must have got the message that the oldies are on the march.

It must also be filtering through to the traitor Tory politicians who reneged on their manifesto pledge to keep all pensioner benefits.

Protesters waved placards showing a TV set with the message Don’t Switch Us Off! and they cheered as passing drivers hooted their support.

Jacqueline Robinson, 63, from Castleford, is one cross lady.

Protesters outside the BBC building in Leeds.

She said: “I’m absolutely disgusted with the licence being taken away.

“My father-in-law is 93 and the TV is his lifeline. He lives in the middle of the countryside, there are no buses at the weekend. The television is his best friend.”

Another “Cas Lass”, 71 year-old Barbara Cotton, said: “We’ve earned it and we deserve it.

“We’ve put up with things youngsters wouldn’t put up with. We were deprived – but we won’t be deprived again.”

Bob Harris, 84, a retired electrician, added: “I’ve had a free licence for 10 years and now they want to take it away. People like me did national service – two years on pittance pay.

“It’s outrageous and it’s the thin end of the wedge. Next they’ll have the bus pass, the fuel allowance and then attack the NHS.”

Nearly 3.7 million old people will lose their hard-won concession in less than a year’s time.

Most protesters are in no doubt who the culprits are – Tory ministers who forced this cost-cutting treachery on the Beeb.

“The Government should fund the over-75s’ TV licences not the BBC,” proclaimed their placards.

Hundreds joined the nationwide protests, organised by the National Pensioners Convention.

In Glasgow, demonstrators chanted, “BBC, BBC, Keep our Licence Free”.

Billy Foster, 72, reminded the politicians: “Lots of elderly people are really proud and they will refuse to be means tested, and will end up without a TV, which is their only contact with the outside world.”

Outside Broadcasting House, in the centre of the capital, Londoner Ian Burleigh insisted “It’s a stealth tax by the Government, hiding behind the skirts of the BBC.

“I have great respect for the BBC, but they should have had the guts to stand up to the Government.”

The mood over at the Beeb’s northern HQ in Salford, Greater Manchester, was just as vehement.

Leonard Mather, an 87-year-old Korean War veteran, was “disgusted” by the actions of the Corporation and the Government.

“Gary Lineker gets paid a fortune for Match of the Day, but they can’t do anything for people who have given so much for their country,” he said.

Veteran Leonard Mather with wife Pamela.

Jeremy Hunt says Tories are breaking vow to over-75s to protect free TV licenses.

“The Government should step in and pay the licence fee. If they don’t, the Tories will get slaughtered at the next election as people are very angry.”

He has a point. This is electoral dynamite. It’s not just those directly affected.

They have sons and daughters, and grandchildren, who are just as passionate as their old folk.

This campaign unites the generations.

And, if he fails to honour his 2017 manifesto pledge to keep pensioner benefits, it could well gather enough momentum to shorten betrayer Boris Johnson’s time in No10.

MPs will debate this injustice on July 15, after a petition gathered more than 100,000 signatures.

The Mirror is campaigning to save the free licences, backed by celebs such as Len Goodman and Dame Esther Rantzen.

Yesterday, it was the turn of the ordinary British people to have their say and their message to the politicians was loud and clear: “You do this at your peril.”

NPC Over 75s TV Licence Campaign

Campaigners outside BBC Essex 21st June 2019

Today marked a national day for pensioners, where they gathered outside 21 BBC stations across the British Isles in support of the Over 75s TV Licence, these were – Belfast, Birmingham, Blackburn, Brighton, Bristol, Cardiff, Chelmsford, Dunstable, Glasgow, Ipswich, Leeds, Liverpool, London, Newcastle, Norwich, Nottingham, Oxford, Salford Quay ( Manchester ), Sheffield, Southampton and Stoke.

A petition with Age UK which aims to safeguard the concession, has well over 100,000 signatories to date. In the meantime, pressure is mounting to stop any cut, with the NPC’s campaign receiving support from MPs, Trade Unions and the Mirror newspaper. MPs will debate this injustice on the 15th July.

Myself as a delegate to the NPC and on behalf of CWU Eastern No5 Branch Retired Members, attended the rally at BBC Essex along with eight other delegates from the Eastern Region. The Editor of BBC Essex, Lou Birt came out and invited us onto their forecourt and offered us refreshments.

Marion Wilson Vice President of the NPC is seen being interviewed by Ian Puckey presenter of BBC Essex, Tony Garner NPC Eastern Region Secretary is seen holding the posters was also interviewed as was Maurice Austin from Chelmsford Retirement Action Group. The news bulletins from 4pm reported on the nationwide NPC Demo. The interview was played in full shortly after the news and listeners were invited to phone in over the following two hours and almost all of them were supportive of the NPC position.

Regards.

Dick Hewlett.

Retired Members Chair / NPC Delegate.

RMPFS Pay Review April 2019

RMPFS Pay Review April 2019

Dear Colleagues,

As was previously advised to Branches in LTB 332/19, negotiations regarding the 2019 Pay Claim in RMPFS have been ongoing since the beginning of the year. The negotiating team has continued to press the pay related policies carried at last year’s RMPFS Policy Forum in Birmingham along with Annual Conference policy.

Whilst previously acknowledging that discussions are being conducted against the background of the tight financial targets placed on RMPFS by Royal Mail Group, these discussions have nevertheless, and up to this point been constructive. However the Union’s negotiating team has now received a closed offer from the company which falls short of the Union’s claim and is unacceptable. This pay offer has therefore been rejected by the Postal Executive.

Whilst the pay offer is a closed one and therefore does not represent RMPFS final pay offer or final position, it is extremely disappointing that although some small progress has been made on pay, there remains a fundamental difference between the respective negotiating teams on the issue of pensions.

Joint discussions are continuing and further meetings are scheduled to take place in the coming weeks. Branches will be updated on progress accordingly.

Any enquires regarding this LTB should be directed to the Outdoor Department, reference 120.12, email address: outdoorsecretary@cwu.org.

Or to Ray Ellis, reference 301, email address: khawkins@cwu.org.

Yours sincerely,

Mark Baulch   CWU Assistant Secretary

Carl Maden – CWU A/Assistant Secretary

LTB 383.19 – RMPFS Pay Review April 2019



Mick Goldsmith and Dick Hewlett at NPC Blackpool 2019.   RETIRED MEMBERS COMMITTEE REPORT.

                 

Mick Goldsmith and Dick Hewlett at NPC Blackpool 2019.

 

RETIRED MEMBERS COMMITTEE REPORT.

 

Following last month’s committee meeting where it was agreed to cancel our Retired Members meeting in respect of the passing of Mick Shill and Pat Friskey, our former Sectional Chair and Secretary, dates and venue for the re-arranged meeting will be decided shortly.

 

Myself and Dick Hewlett attended the recent National Pensioners Parliament held in Blackpool. Dave Ward our General Secretary attended as a guest speaker and congratulated the NPC on all the hard work they do on behalf of pensioners. We debated the recent BBC decision to defer payment of the free TV license to the over 75s unless you are in receipt of pension credit. A 59 seat coach was hastily arranged to take delegates and lobby outside the BBC studios at Salford Quays, Manchester to protest their decision.

 

Other issues raised were the still awaited Green Paper on social care which has yet to be published. The important thing to remember is the question of how we properly fund social care in both home and community, and until the Green Paper is published and properly debated, no party will be able to debate and give a definitive route they will take on this issue.

 

The recent House of Lords recommendations relating to intergeneration issues was debated not so much on the elderly having more, and the young less, therefore the old should give up more of their universal benefits to provide aide to the young. It rests more on how we can provide the same benefits to the young when they get older by way of decent workplace pensions, decent wages affordable housing and so on.

 

We shall be providing a comprehensive report to the RMs through the next newsletter and the forthcoming RMs meeting.

 

Mick Goldsmith 

Retired Members Secretary

 

NEC, Industrial Executive and Regional Secretary Elections – 2019   

NEC, Industrial Executive and Regional Secretary Elections – 2019   

The purpose of this LTB is to provide Branches with further information regarding the forthcoming NEC, Industrial Executive and Regional Secretary ballots which are scheduled to take place from 2nd July 2019 to 24th July 2019.

In line with our previous policy we are taking this opportunity to provide some additional guidance on the number of candidates that members will be entitled to vote for in each of the respective ballots.

We hope this will assist those Branches who wish to advise their members of any recommendations that the branch may wish to make.

Branches will find the full list of nominations for the above elections in the following LTBs: 353/19, 356/19, 366/19,369/19 and 374/19.

Listed below are the ballots scheduled to take place in the 2019 series of elections.  Also listed is the relevant member voting entitlement for each ballot.

 

POSTAL CONSTITUENCY

 

National Executive Council Representatives

 

Postal Constituency Chair – No ballot required.

Postal Constituency Vice Chair – No ballot required.

 

Postal Constituency – NEC Section 1

  • All members of the Postal Constituency are entitled to vote in this ballot.
  • There are 17 candidates listed on the voting paper.
  • The number of candidates to be voted for in this ballot can be less, but not more than nine. 
  • Accordingly Branches will be entitled to recommend up to nine candidates to their members.

 

Postal Constituency – NEC Section 2 – No ballot required.

 

Postal Constituency – NEC Section 3 (Young Worker) 

  • All members of the Postal Constituency are entitled to vote in this ballot.
  • There are 2 candidates listed on the voting paper.
  • The number of candidates to be voted for in this ballot is one. 
  • Accordingly Branches will be entitled to recommend one candidate to their members.

 

Postal Constituency – NEC Section 4 (Disability) 

  • All members of the Postal Constituency are entitled to vote in this ballot.
  • There are 2 candidates listed on the voting paper.
  • The number of candidates to be voted for in this ballot is one. 
  • Accordingly Branches will be entitled to recommend one candidate to their members.

 

Postal Constituency – Section 4 (NEC LGBT) – No ballot required.

 

Postal Executive Representatives – Postal Grades

  • All Postal Grade members of the Postal Constituency are entitled to vote in this ballot.

Please note that members of the Postal Constituency who are Postal & Technical Services grades will not be eligible to vote in this ballot. 

  • There are 17 candidates listed on the voting paper.
  • The number of candidates to be voted for in this ballot can be less, but not more than thirteen.  
  • Accordingly Branches with Postal Grade members will be entitled to recommend up to thirteen candidates to their members.

 

Postal Executive Representatives – Postal & Technical Services Grades

  • All Postal & Technical Services Grade members of the Postal Constituency are entitled to vote in this ballot.

Please note that members of the Postal Constituency who are Postal grades will not be eligible to vote in this ballot. 

  • There are 3 candidates listed on the voting paper.
  • The number of candidates to be voted for in this ballot can be less, but not more than two.  
  • Accordingly Branches with Postal & Technical Services members will be entitled to recommend up to two candidates to their members.

 

TELECOMS & FINANCIAL SERVICES CONSTITUENCY

 

National Executive Council Representatives

 

T&FS Constituency Chair – No ballot required.

T&FS Constituency Vice Chair – No ballot required.

 

T&FS Constituency – NEC Section 1

  • All members of the T&FS Constituency are entitled to vote in this ballot.
  • There are 11 candidates listed on the voting paper.
  • The number of candidates to be voted for in this ballot can be less, but not more than six. 
  • Accordingly Branches will be entitled to recommend up to six candidates to their members.

 

T&FS Constituency – NEC Section 2

  • All members of the T&FS Constituency are entitled to vote in this ballot.
  • There are 4 candidates listed on the voting paper.
  • The number of candidates to be voted for in this ballot can be less, but not more than two. 
  • Accordingly Branches will be entitled to recommend up to two candidates to their members.

 

T&FS Constituency – NEC Section 3 (Young Worker)

  • All members of the T&FS Constituency are entitled to vote in this ballot.
  • There are 2 candidates listed on the voting paper.
  • The number of candidates to be voted for in this ballot can be less, but not more than one. 
  • Accordingly Branches will be entitled to recommend one candidates to their members.

 

T&FS Constituency – NEC Section 4 (Women)

  • All members of the T&FS Constituency are entitled to vote in this ballot.
  • There are 2 candidates listed on the voting paper.
  • The number of candidates to be voted for in this ballot can be less, but not more than one. 
  • Accordingly Branches will be entitled to recommend one candidates to their members.

 

T&FS Constituency – NEC Section 4 (BAME)

  • All members of the T&FS Constituency are entitled to vote in this ballot.
  • There are 2 candidates listed on the voting paper.
  • The number of candidates to be voted for in this ballot can be less, but not more than one. 
  • Accordingly Branches will be entitled to recommend one candidates to their members

 

T&FS Executive Representatives

 

TFSE – TFSE Young Worker 

  • All members of the T&FS Constituency are entitled to vote in this ballot.
  • There are 2 candidates listed on the voting paper.
  • The number of candidates to be voted for in this ballot can be less, but not more than one. 
  • Accordingly Branches will be entitled to recommend one candidates to their members

 

TFSE – Santander Group and related companies (Santander UK, Santander UK Operations Ltd, Santander UK Technology Ltd, Santander Global and RR Donnelley)

No Ballot Required.

 

TFSE – Telefonica O2 UK, Connect 44 and ISS Eaton

No Ballot Required.

 

TFSE – Capita in the T&FS Sector and 14Forty (Capita contract)

  • All members of the T&FS Constituency working in Capita in the TFS Sector and 14Forty are entitled to vote in this ballot.
  • There are 2 candidates listed on the voting paper.
  • The number of candidates to be voted for in this ballot can be less, but not more than one. 
  • Accordingly Branches will be entitled to recommend one candidates to their members.

 

TFSE – All Other Members in the T&FS Constituency 

  • All members of the T&FS Constituency (Excluding members working in Santander Group and related companies, Santander UK, Santander UK Operations Ltd, Santander UK Technology Ltd, Santander Global and RR Donnelley. Telefonica O2 UK, Connect 44 and ISS Eaton. Capita in the T&FS Sector and 14Forty (Capita contract)) are entitled to vote in this ballot.
  • There are 7 candidates listed on the voting paper.
  • The number of candidates to be voted for in this ballot can be less, but not more than four. 
  • Accordingly Branches will be entitled to recommend four candidates to their members

 

Regional Secretary Elections 

Ballots are required in the following CWU Regions:

Northern Ireland – 3 candidates
Scotland – 2 candidates
South East Region – 2 candidates
London – 2 candidates

All members in each of the respective regions are entitled to vote in the above elections including retired members.

Branches can recommend one candidate in these elections.

 

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

19LTB382



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