Positive Mental Health” – Second Book in the ‘Positive Wellbeing Series’ By Dr. Shaun Davis & Andrew Kinder:

Positive Mental Health” – Second Book in the ‘Positive Wellbeing Series’ By Dr. Shaun Davis & Andrew Kinder:

Dr. Shaun Davis Royal Mail Group’s Global Director Safety, Health, Wellbeing & Sustainability has, along with his Co-Author Andrew Kinder, published the second book in the ‘Positive Wellbeing Series’, entitled ‘Positive Mental Health’. This follows the success of the previous book ‘Positive Male Mind’.

Paying attention to mental health in the workplace has never been more important. We all face mental health challenges, regardless of our gender, age or sexual orientation, and too often we can be guilty for taking our mental health for granted.

Positive Mental Health aims to inspire positive dialogue around mental health and build on the current progressive movement around mental health awareness in line with current thinking on mental health in the workplace.‎

The book will provide workers and employers with the resources, tips and tools on how they, or those they know who are suffering, can develop better mental health and therefore improve their wellbeing and quality of life as well as how employers can develop better wellbeing amongst their employees bringing with it improved performance and productivity in the workplace.

Watch the TV interview of Shaun Davis on the launch of the new book on this link:-

https://www.rt.com/shows/sputnik/474651-positive-mental-health-art/

Published by: LID Publishing ISBN: 9781912555550 Number of pages: 128 Dimensions: 180 x 120 mm Hardback Price £9.99.

The book can be ordered via the Lid Publishing website: Click Here

CWU Members and Reps who purchase a copy of the book can receive a discount of 35% by quoting discount code: POSITIVE35

All proceeds from the Book will go to the mental health charity ‘Mind’ and to Royal Mail Group’s charity, the ‘Rowland Hill Fund.’

Yours sincerely

 

Dave Joyce
National Health, Safety & Environment Officer

19LTB705 Positive Mental Health – Second Book in the ‘Positive Wellbeing Series’ By Dr Shaun Davis & Andrew Kinder

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Health, Safety & Welfare Proposals – Labour Party Workers Rights Manifesto – General Election 2019 

Health, Safety & Welfare Proposals – Labour Party Workers Rights Manifesto – General Election 2019 

With the General Election upon us it is only the Labour Party that has given any consideration to the vitally important issue of Health, Safety and Wellbeing at Work. This has been set out in great detail in the “Labour’s Workers Rights Manifesto” section of the Election Manifesto. Within this, a Labour Government commits to bring about the biggest extension of rights for workers that the UK has ever seen, ensuring that making working people’s lives better will be at the heart of what a Labour Government will do in power and will not allow UK law to fall below EU law, something that is a real risk under the Tories.

Making Workplaces Healthier and Safer 

In summary, in relation to health and safety, a Labour Government will:-

  • Bring UK law into line with the International Labour Organisation (ILO) Health and Safety Convention standards and the European Social Charter.
  • Strengthen enforcement with a new Workers’ Protection Agency.
  • Set up a Royal Commission to review the law on health and safety at work to revise the UK’s dated legislation, making it fit for now and the future.
  • The Royal Commission will make provision for work stress, mental health, the impact of new technology and new materials, and ensure that injury, illness and death from work is reduced to the minimum and that when it does occur the burden does not fall disproportionately on workers and their families.
  • The Royal Commission will make sure every worker has access to basic facilities such as rest and access to toilets and toilet breaks and will review the law to prevent sick or injured workers being unreasonably disciplined or subject to capability procedures as a means to dismissal.
  • Overhaul and strengthen the Working Time Regulations 1998 (as amended 2007) and introduce a better work life balance.
  • Ensure that public-facing workers are protected by toughening the law against abuse and violence. Requiring employers to create and maintain workplaces and working conditions free from harassment, abuse and violence, including “third party harassment” of workers in public facing roles such as health, retail, bus driving and postal workers.
  • Require employers to make reasonable adjustments to assist those going through the menopause.
  • Introduce a Government backed Reasonable Adjustments Passport scheme to help disabled people and strengthen Access to Work support.
  • Make sure trade union safety reps are able to take enough time off to perform their union-related duties and undertake training.
  • Ensure employers uphold their obligations to consult with recognised trade unions and their Safety Reps.
  • Introduce a maximum temperature for workplaces.
  • Ensure all workplaces are covered by health and safety legislation.
  • Examine how health and safety protection for outdoor workers is delivered.
  • Put mental health on a par with physical health in workplaces.
  • Introduce ‘roving safety reps’ for workplaces.
  • Introduce the right for trade union health and safety reps to inspect workplaces and employers other than their own.
  • Allow workers to bring civil cases for breaches of statutory health and safety regulation.
  • Defend workers’ ability to recover legal representation costs from negligent employers and keep the right for workers to be represented and recover their costs in cases of employer negligence leading to injury at work.
  • Strengthen protections for pregnant women.
  • Strengthen the protection for whistle-blowers because such actions protect others.
  • Increase workplace inspections and prosecutions on workers’ behalf.
  • Introduce tougher penalties for employers who break the law or fail to comply with tribunal orders.
  • Introduce Directors’ personal responsibilities in law and liability for offences.

Yours sincerely

 

Dave Joyce
National Health, Safety & Environment Officer

19LTB704 Health Safety & Welfare Proposals – Labour Party Workers Rights Manifesto – General Election 2019



POST OFFICE: HORIZON TRIALS – OUT OF COURT SETTLEMENT REACHED

POST OFFICE: HORIZON TRIALS – OUT OF COURT SETTLEMENT REACHED

Further to LTBs 669/19 and 676/19 dated 21st/22nd November. An out of court settlement following two weeks of mediation has been announced today in regard to the Group Litigation brought by 557 Postmasters in relation to the Horizon system. The claim against the Post Office was brought by the Justice for Subpostmasters Alliance (JFSA) and involved a number of test cases. 

Whilst we are obviously pleased an outcome has been secured for the long suffering former Postmasters, it is hardly co-incidental that this announcement has been made on the eve of the General Election as I suspect it is likely to be lost by the mainstream media whose focus and attention will be on the voting intentions of the electorate.

At the moment, full details are sketchy and even though a settlement has been reached, the Judge – Justice Fraser is seemingly still planning to hand down his judgement in relation to the second trial on Monday 16th December. 

Attached to this LTB is a Post Office “One Update” from the new Chief Executive Officer Nick Read coupled with a statement in which Nick Read apologises to those affected as follows:

“The Post Office would like to express its gratitude to claimants, and particularly those who attended the mediation in person to share their experiences with us, for holding us to account in circumstances where, in the past, we have fallen short and we apologise to those affected.”

In addition, below are links to two excellent articles, firstly a blog by the journalist Nick Wallis who has been reporting on this case since the very beginning of legal proceedings and secondly an article in today’s online edition of Computer Weekly which includes a quote from Mark Baker our Postmasters Branch Secretary.

https://www.postofficetrial.com/2019/12/its-all-over-parties-agree-resolution.html

https://www.computerweekly.com/news/252475310/Post-Office-settles-legal-dispute-with-subpostmasters-ending-20-year-battle-for-lead-claimant

Yours sincerely

 

Andy Furey

Assistant Secretary

19LTB703 – Post Office – Horizon Trials – Out of Court Settlement Reached

 



LABOUR PARTY CONFERENCE 2019: CWU DELEGATION REPORTS

LABOUR PARTY CONFERENCE 2019: CWU DELEGATION REPORTS

The 2019 Labour Party Conference was held in Brighton from Saturday 21st to Wednesday 25th September 2019.

For your information the below attachments are reports on the decisions taken by the CWU delegation at their meetings.

Any enquiries on the above LTB should be addressed to the General Secretary’s office gsoffice@cwu.org.

Yours sincerely

 

Dave Ward

General Secretary

19LTB702 Labour Party Conference 2019 – CWU Delegation Report

MINUTES LP CONF 2019 (21.09.19)

MINUTES LP CONF 2019 (22.09.19)

MINUTES LP CONF 2019 (23.09.19)

MINUTES LP CONF 2019 (24.09.19)

MINUTES LP CONF 2019 (25.09.19)

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General Conference 2020 – Sunday 19th –Tuesday 21 April 2020

General Conference 2020 – Sunday 19th –Tuesday 21st April 2020

Attached with this Letter to Branches are motion forms for General Conference 2020. Branches should note that the motion guide for submitting motions to General Conference 2020 has been attached.   Submitting bodies are advised to read the guidance notes carefully prior to submitting motions to ensure your motions meet the criteria for submission.

At this stage it is expected that the Equality Day will be Monday 20th April 2020.   Whilst it is hoped that the content of motions submitted by the Regions on behalf of the Regional Equality Sub-Committee will be such that it is appropriate to be placed in the Equal Opportunities section of the agenda and heard on the Equality Day,  motions will not automatically be placed there unless the content of the motion allows.

Rules Revision Conference

There is due to be a Rules Revision conference in 2020.    The date and location at this time have not been confirmed and further information will be provided at a later date on this.  There will therefore be no Rules Section at General Conference 2020.

Entitlements In relation to the General Conference 2020:

  • All Branches are entitled to submit three motions to General Conference.
  • Regional Committees are entitled to submit three motions to the General Conference – however one of the motions must be from the Regional Equality Sub-Committee.
  • Regional Health and Safety Sub-Committees are entitled to submit three motions on Health, Safety and Environmental matters to the Health Safety and Environment section of the agenda.

Branches/Regional Committees/Regional Health and Safety Sub-Committees are also reminded that the closing date for the submission of motions to General Conference is 12 noon, Monday 3rd February 2020. 

Motions submitted by email and any other email correspondence must be sent to generalmotions@cwu.org and no other personal email address.

Submitting bodies ***Please note the new email address***

If sending Motions by post, Branches must ensure they use a signed for service which guarantees delivery by the closing date and time.

Motions received, will be acknowledged within 72 hours. If you do not receive notification of the receipt of your motions, contact generalmotions@cwu.org or call Angela Niven at head office on 020 8971 7256 to confirm receipt.

Branches/Regions/Health and Safety Sub-Committees/Minority Conferences and the NEC are reminded that the Standing Orders Committee will not alter or amend any of the motions submitted therefore it is important that motions are checked before they are submitted.

Any queries regarding this Letter to Branches should be addressed to Angela Niven on 020 8971 7256 or by email to generalmotions@cwu.org

Yours sincerely,

 

A P Kearns

Senior Deputy General Secretary

19LTB701 – General Conference 2020 – Sunday 19th-Tuesday 21st April 2020

General Motion Guide 2020

General Conference Motion Form 2020

HS Motion form GC 20



CONFERENCE EMAIL ADDRESSES

CONFERENCE EMAIL ADDRESSES 

In previous years we have requested that branches use one specific email address conferences@cwu.org to submit everything related to conference.    However, due to the large volume of emails that are received in this email inbox we have decided that for Annual Conference only we will use separate email addresses for the submission of motions.

Branches need to note that the new email addresses for submitting motions to the relevant conferences are as follows and these email addresses will be used every year from now on in:

General Motions     – generalmotions@cwu.org

Postal Motions         – postalmotions@cwu.org

TFS Motions             – tfsmotions@cwu.org

Rule Amendments   – ruleamendments@cwu.org

 

The above email addresses will be displayed on all correspondence circulated regarding motions/amendments so there is no confusion.

The conferences@cwu.org email address will still be in use at Annual Conference but this will only be used for general correspondence regarding prayer rooms, seating, fringe meetings etc.

Any queries regarding this Letter to Branches should be addressed to Angela Niven on 020 8971 7256 or by email to conferences@cwu.org

Yours sincerely,

 

A P Kearns

Senior Deputy General Secretary

19LTB700 – Conference email addresses



Membership Subscription – Retired & Retired Associate Members – from 1 January 2020

Membership Subscription – Retired & Retired Associate Members – from 1st January 2020

 CWU Rule 11.5.2 contains the following instruction:

The rate for retired and retired associate members shall increase on 1 January each
year by the same percentage increase as the known CPI at the time.

The known rate for CPI is currently 1.5% therefore in accordance with the rules of the union from 1stJanuary 2020 the membership subscription rates for Retired and Retired Associate Members will be as follows:

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

19LTB699 – Retired Members and Retired Associate Members Subscriptions Rates from January 2020



Royal Mail Group (RMG)/CWU Agreement – Mental Health First Aid Training for Physical/Medical First Aiders and CWU Area Health and Safety Representatives (January – March 2020 Course Dates – Applications Now Invited)

Royal Mail Group (RMG)/CWU Agreement – Mental Health First Aid Training for Physical/Medical First Aiders and CWU Area Health and Safety Representatives (January – March 2020 Course Dates – Applications Now Invited)

LTB 481/18 reported to branches that a major Agreement on Mental Health First Aid Training had been reached by the CWU Health, Safety & Environment Department with Royal Mail Group and as part of the Royal Mail Group, “Because Healthy Minds Matter”, five-year mental health strategy, Royal Mail Group has agreed to up-skill all physical/medical first aiders with Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) training which will involve approximately 5,500 CWU members who are First Aid volunteers across the UK. In addition, all CWU Area Health and Safety Representatives in all Royal Mail Group Businesses and Business Units, approximately 150 CWU Health and Safety Reps, will be included in the programme plus 200 Mental Health Ambassadors, most of whom are CWU Reps and members will be able to attend the MHFA one-day training courses also.

The MHFA training is evidence based and is aimed at increasing people’s mental health awareness, skills and confidence, enabling them to step in to situations where they notice signs of poor mental health and help someone in distress and to give first aid support, talk, and help prevent them from hurting themselves and signpost them to the right professional, expert support.

The training will be provided by in-house, accredited, licensed MHFA instructors. 17 Royal Mail Group trainers have now completed the MHFA England Trainer’s Course. They undertake 6 days of training, then have to run 2 x 2 days MHFA courses on which they are assessed by MHFA England assessors and are then licensed to deliver the training. A MHFA England specially designed 1-day course will be provided and is a condensed version of the standard 2-day MHFA (England) training course. The trainers complete some additional training in order to deliver this ‘condensed’ one-day course which is what RMG is delivering.

1700 Royal Mail Group employees have so far attended the RMG delivered MHFA courses – mainly managers. Approximately 10% are front line CWU grades, CWU Reps and Mental Health Ambassadors.

Course Dates for the first quarter period January – March 2020 have now been released and applications are invited from Physical/Medical First Aiders and CWU Area Health and Safety Reps to attend the 1-day Mental Health First Aid Courses at the venues and at the times in the table listed below. CWU Members who are Mental Health Ambassadors can also apply to attend.

Enrolment on a course can be made (with line management approval) via PSP/Success Factors on the Royal Mail Group Intranet site or by calling the HR Service Centre on 0345 6060603.

Training location Date Time
Royal Mail Pensbury Place, London SW8 03/01/2020  09:00 –17:00
Cardiff Mail Centre  22/01/2020  09:00 –17:00
 Cirencester Delivery Office  29/01/2020  09:00 –17:00
Leeds Mail Centre  30/01/2020 09:00 –17:00
Bristol Mail Centre  04/02/2020  09:00 –17:00
Leeds Mail Centre  12/02/2020  09:00 –17:00
Leeds Mail Centre  12/02/2020 – 13/02/2020 22:00 – 06:00
Nottingham Mail Centre  14/02/2020  09:00 –17:00
North West Midlands Mail Centre – Wolverhampton  18/02/2020  09:00 –17:00
Swindon Mail Centre  20/02/2020  09:00 –17:00
Croydon Mail Centre  21/02/2020  09:00 –17:00
Guildford MPU  03/03/2020  09:00 –17:00
Aberdeen Mail Centre  04/03/2020  09:00 –17:00
North West Midlands Mail Centre – Wolverhampton  06/03/2020  09:00 –17:00
Chester Mail Centre  17/03/2020  09:00 –17:00
Greenford Mail Centre  18/03/2020  09:00 –17:00
Stevenage Mail Centre & Delivery Office  23/03/2020  09:00 –17:00
Chelmsford Mail Centre 26/03/2020  09:00 –17:00

 

Any management enquiries should be directed to Dan Clarke Royal Mail Group Health & Wellbeing Development & Systems Manager Mobile: 07718 098179 Email: dan.clarke@royalmail.com

Attachments:

  • LTB 481/2018 – Royal Mail Group (RMG)/CWU Agreement – Mental Health First Aid Training for Physical/Medical First Aiders and CWU Area Health and Safety Representatives: (Part Of The Royal Mail Group 5-Year Mental Health Strategy)
  • Joint Statement between Royal Mail Group and CWU – Mental Health First Aid Training for Physical First Aiders and CWU Area Health and Safety Representatives
  • Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) Course Summary Description.

Alongside the Mental Health Awareness classroom training, RMG provides the following which is also available via PSP/Success Factors on the RMG Intranet site:-

  • ‘Because Healthy Minds Matter’ e-learning
  • Managing Stress e-Learning
  • Managing and Preventing Stress Guidance
  • 5 Mental Health Foundation Videos

Mental Health Support Helplines

First Class Support helpline – completely confidential, independent and available 24/7 – Call 0800 6888777.

Shout Mental Health Text Service:  Text Shout to 85258 in the UK to text with a trained Crisis Volunteer.

Samaritans: Call 116 123 – available 24/7.

Footnote

We the CWU want equality between physical health and mental health. Better mental health is good for everyone and we want to see a transformation in workplaces on how they think about mental health. This is key because members spend a third of their time at work.

Further updates will be issued as appropriate.

Yours sincerely

 

Dave Joyce
National Health, Safety & Environment Officer

19LTB696 Mental Health First Aid Training for Physical-Medical First Aiders and CWU Area Health and Safety Representatives

18LTB481 Royal Mail Group(RMG) CWU Agreement – Mental Health First Aid Training (2)

Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) Course Summary Description

MHFA Training Joint Statement Final



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