KELLY MARY FAUVRELLE – APPEAL FUND

KELLY MARY FAUVRELLE – APPEAL FUND

Further to LTB 425/19, which explained we would be setting up an Appeal Fund to provide a lasting memorial for Kelly and her son and to support the family and organisations campaigning against knife crime. It has become clear that in addition to the online ‘Just Giving’ page, which is going very well, a number of workplaces have held bucket collections.

Therefore, in conjunction with the Croydon & Sutton branch, we have agreed to set up a separate CWU Fund for the Appeal which will allow branches to transfer workplace collections once they have been deposited into their accounts.

The details of the Account for the Fund are as follows:

Name of Account: CWU General Fund 

Account Number: 33019822 

Sort Code: 60-83-01

Please can all branches ensure that when transferring money that the reference used for any payments is shown as ‘Kelly Mary Fauvrelle fund’. Additionally, if Branches are sending in cheques please make sure that the above reference (‘Kelly Mary Fauvrelle fund’) is written on the back of the cheque.

We have also received requests from a number of members for a national workplace bucket collection day and we can confirm that this will take place on Tuesday 23rd July 2019. We would be grateful if branches who have not already done so, consider organising participation in CWU workplaces across the UK. Finally, we would like to place on record our thanks to CWU members and the public for their outpouring of support following these tragic events. Our Croydon branch is in contact with the family and we know your thoughts and support is really appreciated by the family and our members in the Croydon office. 

We will keep you informed of progress with the Appeal Fund in due course.

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

Yours sincerely

 

Dave Ward

General Secretary

19LTB437 – Kelly Mary Fauvrelle – Appeal Fund



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MEMBER NOMINATED TRUSTEE – ROYAL MAIL DEFINED CONTRIBUTION PLAN

MEMBER NOMINATED TRUSTEE – ROYAL MAIL DEFINED CONTRIBUTION PLAN

The Trustees of the Royal Mail Defined Contribution Plan (RMDCP) are legally responsible for ensuring that the RMDCP is run properly. The board comprises seven trustees, of whom;

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

Both of the member-nominated positions through the CWU process have become vacant and so nominations are now being sought. Nominations can be from any individual who is a current member of the RMDCP, 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 15thAugust 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 ‘Guide for New Trustees’ and the ‘Trustee Toolkit’ and review the first two e-learning modules for more information.

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 22nd August 2019, which will be organised by the Secretary to the 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 are more than two valid nominations, a ballot will be held of all individuals who are employee members of RMDCP 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 ERS who have been appointed as Independent Scrutineer for the purposes of this election.  The two candidates who receive the most votes in the ballot will be selected as the CWU MNTs.

If there are two nominations forthcoming then those nominees will be deemed to be selected without the need for a ballot.

If there is only one nomination forthcoming then that nominee will be deemed to be selected without the need for a ballot and the nomination and selection process will be re-run no more than three years later.

If there are 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 department for the attention of Peter Metcalfe.

Yours sincerely,

 

 

Tony Kearns

Senior Deputy General Secretary

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Nomination Form 2019



CWU Accounts 2018 

CWU Accounts 2018 

Further to LTB 226/19 and 257/19, please find attached the Financial Statement required by Section 32A of the Trade Union and Labour Relations (Consolidation) Act 1992 as amended, for the period 1st January – 31st December 2018.

Please can you ensure that this information is brought to the attention of the members of your Branch.

Also attached are the details of the monies that make up Branch Funds.  The attached document lists each Branch with the brought forward balance from 2017 and the closing balance for 2018.  This demonstrates the movement in each account for the financial year 2018.

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

19LTB438

2018 Statement 32a (Final) (Signed)

2018 Branch Funds Year End Figures



Trade Union Clean Air Network (TUCAN) Charter & New TUCAN Guidance Published

Trade Union Clean Air Network (TUCAN) Charter & New TUCAN Guidance Published

As reported in LTB No. 035/2019 on 21 January 2019, earlier this year, the Trade Union Clean Air Network (TUCAN) was launched as part of the Hazards Campaign and linked to the Greener Jobs Alliance (GJC), working to generate worker/Trade Union awareness and a TU voice to be prominent in the public debate on this issue.

The adoption of a ‘TUCAN charter’ provided a set of demands for Unions to prioritise in campaigns at local, regional, national and international level. The network also supports the development of resources like pollution checklists for health, safety and environment reps who want to monitor the level of risk to their members. It promotes best practice case studies and training that unions can use to raise awareness.

The ‘TUCAN Charter’:-

  • Introduce a new Clean Air Act that enshrines the right to breathe clean air.
  • Update Health and Safety Law (such as COSHH).
  • Ensure effective enforcement.
  • Involve the workforce.
  • Protect jobs.
  • Rapidly expand clean and inexpensive public transport systems alongside investment in active transport to increase levels of cycling and walking.

There is rightly a public outcry about air pollution as a public health emergency. But it is also an occupational health emergency. Having decent work means being able to breathe clean air at work. The reality for most workers is that the air they are exposed to at work and on the way to work is polluted wherever they are working. There is very little acknowledgement of this in most government and local authority clean air policies. 36,000 deaths a year are caused by air pollution, according to a government report. Outdoor workers have been ignored for too long as the pollution crisis deepens. Government strategy however has been essentially to ‘kick the can down the road’ by delaying vital measures or passing it over to local authorities to sort out.

The ‘ClientEarth‘ charity consisting of lawyers and environmental experts who are fighting against climate change and to protect nature and the environment won two major court cases against the government for its environmental failures. In November 2016 the organisation won a High Court case against the government over its failure to tackle illegal air pollution across the UK and bring the UK into compliance with the law. The case is the second the government has lost on its failure to clean up air pollution in two years. In April 2015, ‘ClientEarth’ won a Supreme Court ruling against the government which ordered ministers to come up with a plan to bring air pollution down within legal limits as soon as possible. Those plans were so poor that ‘ClientEarth’ took the government back to the High Court in a Judicial Review and won again.

Concerns continue to grow about air pollution and occupational health as much air pollution is caused by work-related activities.

Please find attached a copy of the Guidance on Air pollution for Union Reps developed by ‘TUCAN’ as a starting point for Union Reps and members to discuss air pollution at work. The Guidance can be further developed as a ‘template’ and can be amended by individual Unions if/as necessary.

Yours sincerely

 

Dave Joyce
National Health, Safety & Environment Officer

19LTB436 Trade Union Clean Air Network (TUCAN) Charter & New TUCAN Guidance Published

Guidance on Air Pollution for Union Reps



Air Pollution and Outdoor Workers: British Safety Council (BSC) – ‘Time To Breathe Campaign’ – ‘Free’ Air Pollution Webinar – Weds 31 July 2019, 11:30am – 12:30pm (Everybody has a right to clean air. At a time where 36,000 deaths a year are caused by air pollution, the increased risk to outdoor workers is being ignored).

Air Pollution and Outdoor Workers: British Safety Council (BSC) – ‘Time To Breathe Campaign’ – ‘Free’ Air Pollution Webinar – Weds 31 July 2019, 11:30am – 12:30pm (Everybody has a right to clean air. At a time where 36,000 deaths a year are caused by air pollution, the increased risk to outdoor workers is being ignored).

In March the British Safety Council (BSC) launched their ‘Time to Breathe’ campaign, the principles of which the CWU fully supports. The campaign aims to raise awareness of the implications of ambient air pollution on the health of outdoor workers.

36,000 deaths a year are caused by air pollution, according to a government report. Outdoor workers have been ignored for too long as the pollution crisis deepens. Workers have a right to clean air. ‘Time to Breathe’ calls on employers, policy-makers and regulators to start taking seriously the risk of ambient air pollution to the health of outdoor workers.

BSC are hosting a ‘Free’ webinar, “Air Pollution and Outdoor Workers” on Wednesday 31st July. Experts from the British Safety Council, King’s College London and the British Heart Foundation will all be participating. The webinar will offer invaluable advice on how employers can mitigate the risk of ambient air pollution to their outdoor workers. Safety Reps are free to participate.

The webinar will take place from 11:30am to 12:30pm on Wednesday 31 July 2019.

Register for the BSC webinar ‘Air Pollution and Outdoor Workers: Cutting Through the Inertia’ to learn more about the implications of ambient air pollution on the health of outdoor workers.

Webinar details:

  • Wednesday 31 July 2019
  • 11:30am – 12.30pm (BST)

Speakers:-

  • Rebecca Elliott, Senior Policy Officer at the British Heart Foundation, 
  • Andrew Grieve, Senior Air Quality Analyst at King’s College London and 
  • Matthew Holder, Head of Campaigns and Engagement at the British Safety Council. They’ll provide invaluable advice on what employers can do to mitigate the risk of ambient air pollution to their outdoor workers.

Register at:https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/6824596505304544524

Time to Breathe Air Pollution Campaign

Outdoor workers in their thousands include Postal and Telecoms workers, drivers, utility workers, street cleaners, refuse workers, traffic police, couriers, construction workers, maintenance workers, newspaper sellers, gardeners, teachers, security guards etc., many working on busy roads.

Time to Breathe is calling for:

  • Employers to take ambient air pollution seriously and protect their outdoor workers from the worst levels of toxic air.
  • Health and Safety Executive (HSE) to recognise exposure to ambient air pollution as an occupational health issue and adopt a Workplace Exposure Limit (WEL) for Diesel Engine Exhaust Emissions (DEEE).
  • Improvements to pollution monitoring across the UK so that all regions have the same accuracy as London for emissions data.
  • The UK to adopt World Health Organisation (WHO) exposure limits for the main pollutants of nitrogen dioxide, particulate matter and ozone.
  • Everyone to reduce their pollution footprint. Let’s use clean energy, cycle and walk more to reduce emissions.
  • Workers and trade unions to raise this issue with their employers and show the evidence about the risks.

Time to Breathe Campaign Resources:https://www.britsafe.org/campaigns-policy/time-to-breathe-air-pollution-campaign/downloads/

Yours sincerely

Dave Joyce
National Health, Safety & Environment Officer

19LTB435 Air Pollution and Outdoor Workers British Safety Council (BSC) – ‘Time To Breathe Campaign’ – ‘Free’ Air Pollution Webinar

Air Pollution Webinar



GDPR – British Airways Data Breach

GDPR – British Airways Data Breach

Branches maybe aware of the recent media coverage regarding British Airways facing a record fine of £183 million for a breach of its security system that took place last year. The breach resulted in the personal data of 500,000 BA customers being stolen. In addition Marriot Hotels faces a £99.2 million fine after hackers stole personal details of over 339 million customers. In the case of BA the ICO has stated that it is the largest penalty it has ever awarded and the first to be made public under the new rules.

Significant in the statement made by the ICO were the comments that “People’s personal data is just that; personal. When an organisation fails to protect it from loss, damage or theft, it is more than inconvenience.  That’s why the law is clear.  When you are entrusted with personal data you must look after it.  Those that don’t will face scrutiny from my office to check they have taken appropriate steps to protect fundamental privacy rights.”

As previously reported, penalties imposed by the ICO has increased to a maximum penalty of 4% of the organisation or company’s turnover. It is clear now that after a settling in period the ICO is starting to act and to act with purpose. The threats posed by the ICO are self evidently real and as such we must fully understand and appreciate the impact that such actions i.e. a fine would have in the event that such a fine was imposed on the CWU.

If a potential fine of the CWU was in line with the BA fine, this would amount to a sum of money in the region of £435K-£450K.

The penalty fine is divided up between other European Data Authorities while the money that comes to the ICO goes directly to the Treasury.  Therefore as a trade union we should be mindful about what level of “leniency” would be shown by the ICO to a trade union when the money would be handed directly to the Govt Treasury.

It is therefore both timely and extremely important to remind branches of their obligations to ensure any data they hold within their possession is properly secured.  If branches are unsure as to the protocol when mailing out correspondence to members, they should contact CWU headquarters and seek advice for our Data Protection Officer, Denis Lenihan (dlenihan@cwu.org). However, the advice that was contained in LTBs 227/18 and 310/18 still stands and must be implemented and respected at all times, a copy of those LTBs are attached.

Any further enquiries to the LTB should be addressed to the SDGS’ department (sdgs@cwu.org).

Yours sincerely,

 

Tony Kearns
Senior Deputy General Secretary

LTB 434.19 – GDPR – British Airways Data Breach

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NEC, Industrial Executives and Regional Secretary Elections 2019 – Change of Closing Date of Ballot

NEC, Industrial Executives and Regional Secretary Elections 2019 – Change of Closing Date of Ballot

Since the publication of LTB 428/19, dated 9th July 2019, which provided the detailed explanation from ERS as to why there has been a delay in the arrival of ballot papers for the above National and Regional elections; we have continued to monitor the situation and have held daily discussions with ERS to receive further progress reports.

Additionally, during this period we have been consulting with a number of branches and regions to ascertain the latest position in their areas.

During our enquiries it has become clear that there are certain areas of the UK who are still experiencing problems with the arrival of ballot papers. We have updated ERS on this matter and they have assured us that all of the ballot papers are now in the postal system.

Whilst we understand this may be the case, we have made further representations to ERS to secure an extension of the closing date from 24th July 2019 to 29th July 2019 to allow those members affected by the delay to have a greater opportunity to cast their votes.

I can report that due to the position we find ourselves in as a result of the actions of ERS, they have agreed to the extension and therefore the closing date will now be 29th July 2019 (first post).

CWU HQ will be publishing the extension by all means possible including across all our social media platforms and we seek the assistance of branches to take every possible measure to publicise the revised closing date to their members.

We believe that this should include using localised social media, the distribution of this LTB to workplaces/Members and where practical holding workplace meetings.

Yours sincerely,

 

Tony Kearns
Senior Deputy General Secretary

19LTB433 – NEC, Industrial Executives and Regional Secretary Elections 2019 – Change of Closing Date of Ballot

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BRANCHES WITH MEMBERS EMPLOYED BY PARCELFORCE WORLDWIDE   (INCLUDING RMSS) 

  BRANCHES WITH MEMBERS EMPLOYED BY PARCELFORCE WORLDWIDE   (INCLUDING RMSS) 

 

Dear Colleague,

Election of: Parcelforce Worldwide Area Health & Safety Representative/Substitute Area Health & Safety Representative 2019

Further to LTB 406/19 dated 2nd July 2019. Branches were notified that a ballot is required for the following position.

AREA HEALTH & SAFETY REPRESENTATIVE

 

North/Scotland & Northern Ireland
Paul Devlin Glasgow & District Amal
Malcolm Woods Greater Mersey & S.W Lancs

The ballot timetable for this election has now been agreed and is as follows:-

Despatch ballot papers                 17 July 2019

Ballot Closes                                      7th August 2019 (14:00)

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

19LTB432 – Election of Parcelforce Worldwide Area Health and Safety Representative and Substitute Area Health and Safety Representative 2019

LABOUR PARTY POST BANK EVENT – 23 JULY, 6-8PM, WILSON ROOM, PORTCULLIS HOUSE WESTMINSTER

LABOUR PARTY POST BANK EVENT – 23RD JULY, 6-8PM, WILSON ROOM, PORTCULLIS HOUSE WESTMINSTER

As branches will recall, earlier this year the Labour Party published a detailed report that setting out its proposals for a Post Bank, alongside a range of other policies on public sector banking.

The report was commissioned by the CWU in order to develop and promote the pledge to establish a Post Bank that we secured Labour’s 2017 manifesto and is available here: http://labour.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/Building-a-new-public-banking-ecosystem.pdf

Setting up a Post Bank has long been a key policy for the union and the purpose of this LTB is to invite branches to an event on the report, taking place in Westminster on 23rd July, from 6-8pm in the Wilson Room in Portcullis House.

The event will be chaired by Rebecca Long-Bailey MP (Shadow Secretary of State for BEIS) and John McDonnell will be speaking about the proposals along with Laurie MacFarlane, one of the authors of the report.

We would encourage branches to attend the event to hear about Labour’s plans for a Post Bank and our campaign to secure the future of the Post Office and support the postal industry. A map for Portcullis House is available here at the following link:

https://www.parliament.uk/documents/facilities/maps/colmap.pdf– members attending will need to go through airport style security at the entrance.

Any queries on the contents of this LTB should be addressed to gsoffice@cwu.org and we hope to see you there.

Yours sincerely

 

Dave Ward
General Secretary

19LTB431 Labour Party Post Bank Event 23rd July



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