CWU Conference 2020 & 2021 

CWU Conference 2020 & 2021 

As Branches will be aware the decisions made at the Special Redesign Conference in November 2018 and at this year’s Rules Revision Conference means that General Conference 2020 will be 3 days in duration.  Adding in the Industrial Conferences means that next year’s event will be of 6 days in total.

The only venue and timescale that we are able to secure that could host CWU Conference over a 6 day period is the Bournemouth International Centre from Sunday 19th April to Friday 24th April.

We are aware that this date conflicts with the STUC but regrettably there are no other dates and venues available to host the size and duration of our event and as a result the NEC have agreed that CWU General Conference will be at the BIC from Sunday 19th April 2020 to Friday 24th April 2020.  Further details will be issued regarding the timetable, registration and submission of motions to the relevant conferences in due course.

The NEC were mindful in making this decision of the policy and views previously expressed by Branches of the need to rotate conference venues.  Accordingly the NEC have taken an in-principle decision that CWU General Conference 2021 will be held in Blackpool.

A new conference centre is nearing completion in Blackpool and is due to open in 2020 (it opens too late for it to be considered for our 2020 conference) alongside a number of new hotels.  The specifications for the centre show that it can accommodate our needs but the in-principle decision is subject to an on-site visit confirming this position.

We wanted to share this information now so as Branches can see that action has been taken to move our Conference away from the location we have used for a number of years i.e. Bournemouth.  Final confirmation will be forwarded to Branches once that visit has taken place.

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

Yours sincerely,


Tony Kearns

Senior Deputy General Secretary



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