CWU APPEAL AGAINST HIGH COURT INJUNCTION

CWU APPEAL AGAINST HIGH COURT INJUNCTION

Branches will be aware that yesterday the union lost our appeal against the High Court decision to grant Royal Mail and injunction to invalidate our strike ballot.

The whole process and the speed in which the decision was taken, demonstrates just how much the justice system is rigged against working people and democracy.  However, such injustice will only serve to make the union and our members even more determined to oppose Royal Mail and do everything within our power to continue with and win this dispute.

Furthermore, we can assure Branches that we will be working closely with the TUC to ensure the whole movement refocuses its fight against these draconian laws, as part our ongoing new deal for workers campaign.

The union will now need to carefully consider the full terms of the written judgement and its implications on any future industrial action ballot.

The PEC will meet next week and in due course the DGS (P) will advise Branches on the next steps in the dispute.

Any enquiries on the court case should be addressed to sdgs@cwu.org

 

Yours sincerely

 

 

Dave Ward – General Secretary      

Tony Kearns –  Senior Deputy General Secretary 

Terry Pullinger – Deputy General Secretary (Postal)

19LTB684 – CWU Appeal Against High Court Decision 29.11.19

LABOUR’S PROPOSAL TO SET UP BRITISH BROADBAND

LABOUR’S PROPOSAL TO SET UP BRITISH BROADBAND

Following last week’s LTB and Facebook live session, please find attached a Q&A brief that covers all the major questions from our members since Labour’s proposal for the roll-out of free full fibre broadband was announced.

It is important that our branches and reps engage directly with members on this and forward this LTB and the Q&A brief to all relevant members where you have contact details.

Finally, we can advise a home mailing is also being sent to members next week setting out the full terms of Labour’s offer.

Any enquiries on the content of this LTB please forward togsoffice@cwu.org

 

 

Yours sincerely

 

Dave Ward – General Secretary  

Andy Kerr – Deputy General Secretary T&FS

19LTB687 Labour’s proposal to set up British Broadband

Labour’s proposal to roll-out free full fibre broadband – your questions answered

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Royal Mail Dispute Leverage Campaign – Letter to all Royal Mail Group Corporate Shareholders

Royal Mail Dispute Leverage Campaign – Letter to all Royal Mail Group Corporate Shareholders

The purpose of this LTB is to advise Branches that the attached letter is being sent to all major corporate shareholders of the Royal Mail Group. The letter explains that despite what has taken place in the court, the union and its members remain totally opposed to the company’s strategy for the future.

The letter also makes it clear that the blame for this dispute lies squarely at the door of the CEO and the Royal Mail Board. Furthermore, the union will invite major shareholders to a meeting where we will set out an alternative vision for the future.

 

In opening up this new flank in our dispute, we believe it will put significant pressure on the employer to reconsider its plans. The union will be seeking media publicity on this development and we are committed to ongoing direct engagement to leverage shareholders and ensure they respond in an appropriate way.

Engaging Members in our Leverage Campaign

It is important that you make our members aware that the union has opened up this new flank in the dispute. We will shortly be sending out further information, including details of the corporate shareholders we are targeting, and we will be asking individual members to write directly to these shareholders in support of the dispute.

Engaging the Public and Politicians in our Leverage Campaign

In order to build up the pressure, in the near future we will also be asking the wider public and politicians to take similar actions in support of our dispute.

Finally, please ensure the content of this LTB and the attached letter is widely circulated to all CWU Representatives and members and we would ask that in turn our Reps engage their managers on the actions the union will now be taking.

Any enquiries on the content of this LTB should be addressed togsoffice@cwu.org

 

Yours sincerely

 

Dave Ward – General Secretary  

Terry Pullinger – Deputy General Secretary (P)

19LTB686 – LETTER TO ALL RM CORPORATE SHAREHOLDERS

 

Dear

 

The Communication Workers Union are writing to all major shareholders in the Royal Mail Group PLC to set out the facts behind our ongoing dispute with the company and explain our next steps.

 

Firstly, we must be clear that despite Royal Mail being granted an injunction to invalidate our strike ballot, the CWU and its membership will continue to do all within our power to oppose the company’s strategy to set up a separate parcels business and allow thousands upon thousands of jobs in the core business to wither on the vine.

 

You should be in no doubt that the CEO and his Board have totally lost the confidence of the workforce and that managers at all levels are now questioning the integrity, commitment and capability of the board to run the business.

 

Following the outcome of the court proceedings, the workforce are now angrier than ever and there is one simple truth that the company cannot face away from; without the support of the workforce it is impossible for Royal Mail to introduce its plan as presented to all shareholders at Capital Markets day in May 2019.

 

The facts behind the dispute

 

The blame for this dispute lays squarely at the door of the CEO and his Board.

 

Shortly after taking up the role, the CEO decided to walk away from two major agreements (The Four Pillars of Security and Agenda for Growth), which the company had made in good faith with the union in 2018 and 2013 respectively.

 

These agreements, overwhelmingly endorsed by the workforce, spelt out the overall plan and strategy on how we would jointly shape the future of the business. Instead, without any prior consultation, the CEO launched his own plan at the Capital Markets Day event. In doing this, the CEO deliberately misled shareholders by claiming the union was on board. This could not have been further from the truth. A fact totally backed up by over 97% of the workforce voting for strike action in a massive 76% turnout.


Next steps

 

The CWU and the workforce will continue to oppose the company’s plans for the future. We can advise you that we are now undertaking the following actions.

 

  • We will engage in meaningful negotiations providing the company agree to set aside their plans to set up a new parcels business. To be clear, to settle this dispute the company must reinstate our agreements as the plan for the future and resolve all the issues advised of in the industrial action ballot.
  • We are ready to re-ballot for industrial action if the company decides to press on regardless or we fail to reach an acceptable agreement.
  • We will be organising a shareholder meeting in London in the near future and we will shortly advise you of the date and venue for this. At this meeting we will explain, in line with our agreements, the alternative vision for the future that will grow the core business, expanding the role of postal workers in local communities and businesses, as well as delivering sustainable parcel growth.
  • We will be mounting a major public and political campaign to expose the shortcomings of the Royal Mail Board and gain support for our alternative vision of the future.
  • We are investigating the basis upon which Royal Mail has added in October 2019, over £470 million of debt to its balance sheet. We believe the reasons for this have not been properly explained to shareholders.

 

In the meantime, we are asking you to write to the CEO raising the issues covered in this letter and urge the Board to cease its unilateral actions and engage in meaningful negotiations to find a mutually beneficial way forward. We are available for direct discussions with you and you can contact us on the following email addressdward@cwu.org.

 

We will write to you soon with a date and venue for the shareholder meeting.

 

Yours sincerely

 

 

 

Dave Ward – General Secretary  

Terry Pullinger – Deputy General Secretary (Postal)

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Member-Nominated Trustee Director – Royal Mail Pension Plan

Member-Nominated Trustee Director – Royal Mail Pension Plan

The Trustee of the Royal Mail Pension Plan (RMPP) is a company called ‘Royal Mail Pensions Trustees Limited’. This company is legally responsible for ensuring that the RMPP is run properly. The Board of Directors of this Company comprises nine Trustee Directors, of whom;

  • one is an independent Chair appointed by Royal Mail Group and Post Office Limited with the agreement of the unions,
  • four are nominated by or on behalf of the membership (three through the CWU process and one through the Unite/CMA process), and
  • four are nominated by Royal Mail Group and Post Office Limited.

One of the member-nominated positions through the CWU process is due for selection with effect from 1 April 2020 and so nominations are now being sought. The position is currently held by Lionel Sampson and we understand that he will be seeking re-election for a new term of office. Nominations can be from any individual who is a current, retired or deferred member of the RMPP, irrespective of Union membership. A self-nomination form is attached which once completed should be returned to the Senior Deputy General Secretary’s department at CWU HQ, by 20 December 2019.

All Candidates will be required to submit a 200-word (maximum) statement supporting their candidature for election to the position when returning their nomination forms.

Individuals wishing to understand the role of a trustee can visit the Pensions Regulator’s website and read the section: ‘An Introduction to Trusteeship’ which is in the ‘Trustees’ tab and then by clicking ‘Understanding Your Role’.

Upon receipt of a nomination, an information pack will be dispatched to the individual who has submitted the nomination. The pack will contain information on the role and responsibilities of a Trustee, a detailed job description and a personal specification for a potential Trustee.

Prior to a ballot taking place all candidates who have submitted a fully completed nomination form will be required to attend a half-day pre-election familiarisation seminar in London on 15 January 2020, which will be organised by the RMPP Trustee. At this stage candidates will be asked to re-confirm that their names should be added to the ballot paper and will also be given the opportunity to make any textual changes to their supporting statement.

If there is more than one valid nomination, a ballot will be held of all individuals who are employee members of RMPP and who are employed in CWU represented grades, irrespective of Union Membership. The ballot will be conducted by the distribution of ballot papers direct to individual home addresses.

Completed ballot papers must then be returned in the envelope that will accompany the ballot paper to Popularis, who have been appointed as Independent Scrutineer for the purposes of this election.

The candidate who receives the most votes in the ballot will be selected as the CWU MND. In the event that there is only one nomination forthcoming then that nominee will be deemed to be selected without the need for a ballot and should there be no nominations at all, the nomination and selection process will be re-run no more than three years later.

Any enquiries regarding this Letter to Branches should be addressed to the Senior Deputy General Secretary’s department for the attention of Peter Metcalfe.

Yours sincerely,

 

Tony Kearns

Senior Deputy General Secretary

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Nomination Form

Eligibility Declaration Form

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CWU APPEAL AGAINST HIGH COURT INJUNCTION

CWU APPEAL AGAINST HIGH COURT INJUNCTION

Branches will be aware that yesterday the union lost our appeal against the High Court decision to grant Royal Mail and injunction to invalidate our strike ballot.

The whole process and the speed in which the decision was taken, demonstrates just how much the justice system is rigged against working people and democracy. However, such injustice will only serve to make the union and our members even more determined to oppose Royal Mail and do everything within our power to continue with and win this dispute.

Furthermore, we can assure Branches that we will be working closely with the TUC to ensure the whole movement refocuses its fight against these draconian laws, as part our ongoing new deal for workers campaign.

The union will now need to carefully consider the full terms of the written judgement and its implications on any future industrial action ballot.

The PEC will meet next week and in due course the DGS (P) will advise Branches on the next steps in the dispute.

Any enquiries on the court case should be addressed tosdgs@cwu.org

 

Yours sincerely

 

 

Dave Ward – General Secretary  

Tony Kearns –  Senior Deputy General Secretary 

Terry Pullinger – Deputy General Secretary (Postal)

19LTB684 – CWU Appeal Against High Court Decision 29.11.19

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CWU APPEAL AGAINST HIGH COURT INJUNCTION

CWU APPEAL AGAINST HIGH COURT INJUNCTION

Branches will be aware that yesterday the union lost our appeal against the High Court decision to grant Royal Mail and injunction to invalidate our strike ballot.

The whole process and the speed in which the decision was taken, demonstrates just how much the justice system is rigged against working people and democracy. However, such injustice will only serve to make the union and our members even more determined to oppose Royal Mail and do everything within our power to continue with and win this dispute.

Furthermore, we can assure Branches that we will be working closely with the TUC to ensure the whole movement refocuses its fight against these draconian laws, as part our ongoing new deal for workers campaign.

The union will now need to carefully consider the full terms of the written judgement and its implications on any future industrial action ballot.

The PEC will meet next week and in due course the DGS (P) will advise Branches on the next steps in the dispute.

Any enquiries on the court case should be addressed tosdgs@cwu.org

 

Yours sincerely

 

 

Dave Ward – General Secretary  

Tony Kearns –  Senior Deputy General Secretary 

Terry Pullinger – Deputy General Secretary (Postal)

19LTB684 – CWU Appeal Against High Court Decision 29.11.19

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CWU APPEAL AGAINST HIGH COURT INJUNCTION

Dear Colleague

CWU APPEAL AGAINST HIGH COURT INJUNCTION

Branches will be aware that yesterday the union lost our appeal against the High Court decision to grant Royal Mail and injunction to invalidate our strike ballot.

The whole process and the speed in which the decision was taken, demonstrates just how much the justice system is rigged against working people and democracy. However, such injustice will only serve to make the union and our members even more determined to oppose Royal Mail and do everything within our power to continue with and win this dispute.

Furthermore, we can assure Branches that we will be working closely with the TUC to ensure the whole movement refocuses its fight against these draconian laws, as part our ongoing new deal for workers campaign.

The union will now need to carefully consider the full terms of the written judgement and its implications on any future industrial action ballot.

The PEC will meet next week and in due course the DGS (P) will advise Branches on the next steps in the dispute.

Any enquiries on the court case should be addressed to sdgs@cwu.org

Yours sincerely

Dave Ward – General Secretary

Tony Kearns – Senior Deputy General Secretary

Terry Pullinger – Deputy General Secretary (Postal)

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CWU Young Workers Conference – Online Registration

CWU Young Workers Conference – Online Registration

The online registration system for registering delegates and observers to the above conference is now open.   Attached is a list of branches with numbers of young workers in the branch.  The delegation entitlement to the conference as agreed by the NEC is as follows:

 

Number of Young Members Delegate

entitlement

1-249 1
250-499 2
500 and above 3

As with previous conferences we ask that Branch Secretaries register their delegates/observers to the above conference.   Branch Secretaries have been provided with a password for their branch.    If you experience any problems please contact eventsregistration@cwu.org

The link to access the webpage is as follows or this can be copied into the search browser:   https://conference.cwu.org

Please note that once a delegate has been registered correctly using the online registration system an agenda will be sent via the branch office, if time permits. There will also be a small amount of spare agendas available on a first come first served basis on the day of the conference.

Any enquiries regarding this LTB should be addressed to Angela Niven by email to conferences@cwu.org

Yours sincerely,

 

A P Kearns

Senior Deputy General Secretary

19LTB682 – CWU Young Workers Conference – Online Registration

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