Voice of the Mirror: Suspending Parliament is scandalous sidelining of democracy.

Voice of the Mirror: Suspending Parliament is scandalous sidelining of democracy.



Voice of the Mirror


29 AUG 2019.




Suspending Parliament is a scandalous sidelining of democracy by an unelected Prime Minister.

Shamefully dragging the Queen into a constitutional crisis that he has engineered only underlines the charlatan’s complete lack of respect for our country’s treasured values, institutions and conventions.

Deceitful Mr Johnson brazenly lied in the 2016 referendum and is lying now in Downing Street. Closing down Parliament to avoid scrutiny of his threat to push Britain off a Brexit no-deal cliff is cowardly.

Afraid his egotistical journey would be ended by the sovereignty of Parliament, this is the coup of a pompous PM.

And the great British public must unite to defeat this outrage. This is not about whether you want to remain in Europe or leave. This is about saving Parliament from a piratical PM.

Age old shame


Cynical Boris Johnson has confirmed he is an unprincipled Tory, putting himself first, second and third.


When our senior citizens will have spent the equivalent of the annual state pension with four months of the year remaining, we see what a pittance it really is.

To be nearly £4,500 a year short means those without occupational pensions must eat into often meagre savings – or not eat at all.

Poverty among the elderly is on the up.

With talk about raising the qualifying age to 75 from the 67 to be imposed in 2028, 

Tories are already under fire for axing free TV licences, do not deserve the votes of our elderly.


Switched Off: Save free TV for older people.

Off: Save free TV for older people.

We’ve now handed your signatures into 10 Downing Street.

For over a million of the oldest people in our country, television is their main form of company. Right now, that’s under threat.

The BBC has announced they plan to means test TV licences for the over 75s. That means they’ll only be free for people receiving Pension Credit. We believe this change will harm millions of older people who rely on their TV. Together, we must demand the Government takes back responsibility for funding free TV licences.

How you can help.

We’ve handed in our petition with an incredible 634,334 signatures to Downing Street, but we still need your help to reverse the decision to means test free TV licences.

Get in touch with your MP

Ask your MP to save free TV for older people by using our simple online form.

Why means testing isn’t the answer

Many people who are most in need of a free TV licence would lose it under a means-tested system.

The most in need often miss out.

Under new plans, only older people who receive a benefit called Pension Credit will receive a free TV licence. But two fifths of people who are entitled to this benefit – about 1.2 million pensioners – aren’t getting it. Some don’t know they can claim, many struggle to apply and lots more feel embarrassed about needing help. These people are some of the poorest in our society.

People who are barely scraping by will suffer.

Lots of older people have struggled throughout their working life to save a little extra for retirement. But that small pot of savings for a rainy day means they don’t qualify for means-tested benefits. Others are coping with the costs of ill-health or disability. Taking their free TV licence away is a cruel blow.

How will older people be affected?.

Removing older people’s access to TV would be an unthinkably cruel blow when many are already facing huge challenges. Quotes on this page are from real people who’d be affected by the decision.

• Half of all over 75s are living with a disability, and many rely on their TV for companionship and entertainment.

• For those who don’t have the internet, TV lets them stay up to date with what’s happening in the world.

• Nearly a third of over 75s are living in poverty or just above the poverty line. Paying a hefty extra bill would simply be impossible when they’re barely scraping by as it is.

• Our research shows that more than 2 million over 75s will have to go without TV or cut back on heating and food if free TV licences were scrapped.

“I have had a stroke and I am housebound. TV is my main pleasure. Don’t do this to us please.”

What older people are telling us.

We’ve received thousands of responses from people across the country who are worried about losing their TV licence, or are concerned for others who may be affected.

Their words are a powerful reminder that, for many people, TV is so much more than just ‘background noise’.

“In my advancing years I have to spend longer hours at home, so watching TV is not just a pastime but a necessity. TV is my “life support machine!” I am convinced it ought to be free for people on low income and particularly so for the over 75s. I do hope the proposition will be rescinded.”

“I am on a small pension and if it came to a choice between food and TV, I would lose out and become isolated and alone. TV keeps me company. the planned changes to TV lice



Further to LTB 487/19 dated 13th August 2019, please see below ballot result for the UNI Europa Youth Conference which closed on the 30th August 2019.


Postal Constituency 

1 Lay Member

John Carson 45,686 *Elected
Scott Hartles 20,034  
Daniel Hermitage 18,973  


Please find attached a branch analysis of the ballot results.

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


Ballot Returns

BT Hybrid Pension – One Month to Decide – Deadline 30 September

BT Hybrid Pension – One Month to Decide – Deadline 30th September

 The BT Hybrid Pension Scheme (BTHS) has been open since April. Those eligible now only have only until 30th September to decide whether or not to join.

 To help draw attention to this deadline the CWU has today:

  • Emailed and texted all those members we believe were previously a member of Section B or C of the BT Pension Scheme. A copy is attached below.
  • Launched a new CWU podcast via social media


Eligible members have to make an individual decision about whether to join before the end of September. This is an important decision that could have wide ranging implications.

 Those eligible to join are strongly advised to:

  •  Listen to a webinar provided by Wealth at Work.
  •  Take part in a 1-2-1 session provided by Wealth at Work in work time.

Member Queries and Financial Advice

Members who have questions about the BTHS should contact Wealth at Work in the first instance. Wealth at Work can be contacted via 0800 083 5056, or www.bt-hybridpension.com/bt or bt-hybridpension@wealthatwork.co.uk

The CWU is legally prohibited from giving financial advice. If members are unsure which pension option to take then they are strongly advised to take independent financial advice.

All CWU members are entitled to a no obligation initial financial consultation with Lighthouse Financial Advice. Further information on this option is available on the CWU website at www.cwu.org/my-union/member-benefits/ . Please note that sign in to the CWU site is required to access details.

Yours sincerely


Nigel Cotgrove

Assistant Secretary

LTB 522.2019

LTB 522.2019 Attachment 1




Colleagues will be aware that since the decision by the Government to stop Parliament sitting for a five week period from early September, a number of protests have taken place around the country to oppose what is considered an attack on the democracy of the country.

The voices of opposition to the actions of the Government and the participants in the demonstrations come from across the political spectrum including those on both sides of the remain versus leave debate.

For the CWU this is not simply about stopping a no deal Brexit that would hit working people hardest. It is about an unelected Prime Minister avoiding accountability in a serious attack upon our democracy.

We have campaigned consistently for a General Election to begin to reverse the attacks on working people, particularly through the Government’s austerity measures and to bring about a transformative political agenda with the election of a Labour Government.

We have supported vocally and physically countless demonstrations against this Government austerity agenda and we believe it right to support demonstrations that rally against the undemocratic processes of this Government as part of our call for a General Election.

The Peoples Assembly are calling for a demonstration in London next Tuesday evening and a number of demonstrations are being called around the country this Saturday (details below).

  • Aberdeen, 12 noon at the Castlegate.
  • Birmingham, 1 pm on Victoria Square by the Council House.
  • Bournemouth, 11 am, Bournemouth Square.
  • Brighton, 12 noon, The Level BN1 4ZN.
  • Bristol, 12 noon, College Green.
  • Cambridge, 12 noon, outside The Guildhall, Market Square.
  • Dundee, 2 pm, City Square.
  • Exeter, 11 am, Bedford Square.
  • Glasgow, 2 pm, George Square.
  • Leeds, 11 am, Town Hall.
  • Liverpool, 12 noon, St George’s Hall.
  • London, 12 noon, Downing Street.
  • Leamington Spa, 12 noon in the Pump Room Gardens.
  • Manchester, 12 noon, Cathedral Gardens.
  • Newcastle, 12 noon, Grey’s Monument.
  • Norwich, 2 pm outside City Hall.
  • Nottingham,  11 am, Brian Clough Statue close to Old Market Square.
  • Oxford, 11 am, Broad Street outside Balliol College.
  • Plymouth, 11am, Armada Dial.
  • Southampton, 12 noon, Guildhall Square.
  • Sheffield, 11 am, Town Hall.
  • Swansea, 12 noon, Big Screen at Castle Square.
  • Swindon, 11 am, 29 Wood St.
  • York, 12 noon, St Helen’s Square.

Events are fast moving on this subject and although these events are called at short notice we support the calls being made to stop this attack on our democracy and encourage as many Branches, reps and members to support these demonstrations where possible.

As this important matter develops we will update branches further on our position and what actions we believe we should take to further our demands for a General Election.

Any enquiries on the above LTB should be addressed to gsoffice@cwu.org


Yours sincerely


Tony Kearns

Acting General Secretary 

19LTB521 Suspension of Parliament – National Demonstrations

TUC Briefing for Trade Union Health and Safety Reps – Friday 27 September 2019 – Congress House London – Theme: ‘Respiratory Health – a Workplace Issue’

TUC Briefing for Trade Union Health and Safety Reps – Friday 27 September 2019 – Congress House London – Theme: ‘Respiratory Health – a Workplace Issue’

The TUC London, East & South East Region have announced that they are hosting a ‘free to attend’ briefing for Trade Union Health and Safety Reps on Friday 27 September 2019 at the TUC HQ, Congress House, London. This is an annual event hosted by the Region with all TUC affiliated Trade Unions Health and Safety Reps invited to attend. Pre-Registration is required.  Lunch will be provided.

  • The central theme for this year is respiratory health, and asbestos past, present and future will feature.
  • This is an event for trade union health and safety reps and trade unionists interested in campaigning on health, safety and wellbeing issues at work or in the community.
  • Agenda and Guest Speakers to be confirmed, but will include presentations by the HSE, a law firm that represents TU personal injury cases, Hazards Campaign and the Trade Union Clean Air Network(TUCAN).
  • Venue: TUC Congress House, Congress House, 23-28 Great Russell Street, London WC1B 3LS
  • Free event.
  • Please Register by Email to: jowilliams@tuc.org.uk – or by Telephone: 020 7467 1218.
  • Check in on the day plus tea/coffee from 9.45am and the event starts at 10.15.
  • Lunch provided

Yours sincerely


Dave Joyce
National Health, Safety & Environment Officer

19LTB520 TUC Briefing for Trade Union Health and Safety Reps – Friday 27 September 2019


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