Proportionality and Representation – A New Direction

Proportionality and Representation – A New Direction

The purpose of this LTB is to update you on the new direction of moving proportionality and representation forward within the CWU. 

Attached is a copy of the Proportionality and Representation report carried out for the GS Department by Katie Dunning. 

The report includes data gathered between 2013 and 2019 and sets out the make-up of our membership and our activist base, specifically looking at Sex, Ethnic background, age and regional trends. We have also looked in more depth at part time workers, representatives who hold multiple roles in the union and participation trends for training and educational courses. 

The data that has been used is from our membership database which is provided by members and branches as such it is the most detailed information available but cannot claim to be one hundred percent accurate or complete. 

Moving forward we want to work closely with our regional structures to update this document so that it reflects how we look as a union but also assists in measuring any future proportionality work whilst setting clear objectives. 

In 2019 conference agreed a number of significant changes to our representative structures and to our overall approach on equality work. The rationale for change was to break down silo working and bring our equality work into the mainstream structures of the union. Although we are still in the early transition of change this new model will raise the profile of our equality work and includes four new NEC seats and four executive seats (Women, BAME, LGBT+ and Disability) in each CWU Region. 

In 2014 and 2015 a number of new policies were adopted to address the challenges of achieving proportionality and representation, however the new equality structures now in place have meant that some of the policies adopted in previous years have now become invalid. 

The attached paper which has been fully endorsed by the NEC builds on some existing policy providing a framework and a new direction on how the CWU will strive to achieve proportionality and representation. The document has been broken into three separate tables to illustrate existing policy, strategy based on the principles of existing policy and new strategy. 

A meeting has been scheduled on the 4th August with the Assistant Regional Secretaries and Regional Equality leads to discuss the attached framework and to set in place the next steps. 

This will then be followed with a Branch online Q&A session on the 5th August at 15:00 which will include the General Secretary, further details to follow. 

Any queries on this LTB should be directed to equality&education@cwu.org 

Yours sincerely,

Kate Hudson
Head of Equality, Education & Development

20LTB 396 – Proportionality and Representation – A New Direction

PR Report NEC 009-20

Proportionality & Representation Framework

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