POST OFFICE: PAY DISPUTE 2021/22 – OFFICIAL STRIKES SATURDAY 4THJUNE (CROWNS) AND MONDAY 6TH JUNE (ADMIN & SUPPLY CHAIN)

POST OFFICE: PAY DISPUTE 2021/22 – OFFICIAL STRIKES SATURDAY 4THJUNE (CROWNS) AND MONDAY 6TH JUNE (ADMIN & SUPPLY CHAIN)

Following the successful strike action held on Tuesday 3rd May, Branches are advised the Postal Executive has authorised further strike action and the two-week legal notification has been served on Post Office today as follows:

  • Saturday 4th June – Crown members
  • Monday 6th June – Admin & Supply Chain members

Further strike action is necessary as Nick Read, CEO continues to blatently disregard the strong case for a pay rise for 2021/22 and the democratic voice of our members.  Our full-time IR Reps, along with the Supply Chain Unit Reps fully support the strike dates, which coincide with the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee bank holiday weekend.

The Post Office’s overdue Annual Report & Accounts was published earlier this week which confirmed a healthy £35m profit was made for 2020/21 (during the pandemic).  Our Key Worker members contributed to this profit and deserve to share in this success.  With Post Office continuing with its unreasonable pay freeze position, we have been left with no choice other than to serve notice for further strike action.

The 40-year high for the cost of living, with inflation rising to 11.1% (April RPI) further strengthens our resolve in respect of securing a fair and reasonable outcome on behalf of our members.  We are therefore confident the dispute will be well supported by our members who, as Key Workers, worked throughout the pandemic and obviously deserve a fair pay rise.

Yours sincerely

Andy Furey
Assistant Secretary

22LTB235 Post Office – Pay Dispute 2021-22 – Official Strikes Saturday 4th June (Crowns) and Monday 6th June (Admin & Supply Chain)

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POST OFFICE: PAY DISPUTE 2021/22 & PAY 2022/23 – REVISED PAY OFFER RECEIVED & REJECTED

POST OFFICE: PAY DISPUTE 2021/22 & PAY 2022/23 – REVISED PAY OFFER RECEIVED & REJECTED

Today we held the first meeting with regards to pay 2022/23 since we rejected the “interim” offer from Angela Williams, Group Chief People Officer dated 1st April 2022.  During the meeting, Lee Kelly, Employee Relations & Policy Director made a marginally revised offer as follows:

  • From 1st April 2021 – Pay Freeze (no change)
  • From 1st April 2022
    • 5% consolidated pay increase flowing through to all allowances (up from 2%)
    • One-off £500 lump sum payment (unconsolidated and non-pensionable) (revised from £250)

It was made clear to management that a legal trade dispute remains over the pay freeze for 2021/22 and that a fair and reasonable pay offer needs to be made to our Key Worker members to settle this dispute.

Additionally, for 2022/23, a 2.5% consolidated pay offer plus a £500 one-off lump sum is simply insulting to our members who are struggling to cope with a 40-year high inflation rate (RPI of 11.1% for April).  The offer was rejected as being woefully inadequate and we made it clear that a huge gap exists between us.  Post Office must considerably improve the offer if they wish to reach an agreement.  It is evident they can afford to make a more realistic offer, bearing in mind the declaration earlier this week of a £35m profit for 2020/21 financial year (during the pandemic).  

Further developments will be reported.

Yours sincerely

Andy Furey
Assistant Secretary

22LTB234 Post Office – Pay Dispute 2021-22 & Pay 2022-23 – Revised Pay Offer Received & Rejected

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Royal Mail Group Wide (Royal Mail, Parcelforce, RMSS, RMP&FS, RM Fleet etc) – Driver/Road Safety ‘Seatbelts’ Campaign – W/C 23 May 2022 (RMG SHE Huddle/Briefing FY22 025 – Seatbelt Safety)

Royal Mail Group Wide (Royal Mail, Parcelforce, RMSS, RMP&FS, RM Fleet etc) – Driver/Road Safety ‘Seatbelts’ Campaign – W/C 23 May 2022 (RMG SHE Huddle/Briefing FY22 025 – Seatbelt Safety):

Introduction:

During this Road Safety Campaign, Royal Mail Group and the CWU are once again raising awareness of the vital importance of wearing seatbelts at all times whilst driving. Not wearing a seatbelt can lead to serious injury or death and Royal Mail and Parcelforce drivers place themselves at risk of prosecution if they drive an official fleet vehicle without wearing the seatbelt.

Seatbelt Urban Myth:

It is an ‘urban myth’, still circulating within the organisation, that collection and delivery vehicle drivers are ‘exempt’ from seatbelt wearing when in fact nothing could be further from the truth – there is no exemption – so the message is to CWU members who are drivers – DON’T LEARN THE HARD WAY! 

All Royal Mail and Parcelforce drivers, as well as those working for RMSS, RMP&FS, RM Fleet and RM Engineering, have a responsibility to drive safely and minimise risk to both themselves and the public. As part of a business-wide focus on seatbelts during this road safety communications campaign week, Royal Mail Group and the CWU are jointly sharing a collection of road safety messages, materials, resources and visuals with drivers in all functions on seatbelts during the week commencing Monday 23 May.

Background and context: 

It is compulsory to wear a seatbelt at all times when driving a Royal Mail Group vehicle – that message cannot be emphasised and repeated enough. The law and Royal Mail Policy applies to all drivers and passengers of all fleet vehicles who must wear their seatbelts at all times.

Facts and Figures: 

  • Seatbelts are reported to save over 2,000 lives per year.
  • In the event of a serious collision you are twice as likely to die if you are not wearing a seatbelt.
  • Sadly, people die on the road every year because they weren’t wearing a seatbelt – DON’T LET IT BE YOU NEXT! 
  • A third of those killed in road crashes were not wearing a seatbelt which could have saved their lives.
  • Road safety charity ‘BRAKE’, RoSPA, the RAC and AA inform us that wearing a seatbelt reduces a driver’s chances of being killed by 50% and serious injury by 45%.
  • General Police figures have recorded over 3,500 inside the vehicle offences and one of the most common offences was drivers not wearing their seatbelt.
  • Seatbelts keep people in their seats and so prevent or reduce injuries suffered in a crash. Even at low speeds they ensure that as little contact as possible is made between the occupant and vehicle interior and at higher speeds, they prevent you being thrown from the vehicle.

SeatBelt Laws and Royal Mail Standard: 

  • All occupants of a vehicle are legally required to wear a seatbelt – it only takes seconds to belt up.
  • Drives face a fine of up to £500. In Northern Ireland drivers also get three penalty points added to their driving licence and there are plans to add three penalty points to the punishment in the rest of the UK.
  • It’s a myth that Royal Mail and Parcelforce drivers are exempt from seatbelt laws. The law and Royal Mail’s mandatory policy means that you must wear a seatbelt at all times – NO EXEMPTIONS! 
  • Failure to wear your seatbelt is also a breach of Royal Mail rules and Business Standards.

Damaged Seatbelts: 

  • Drivers must carry out their vehicle pre-use checks and check the seatbelts as part of those vehicle checks.
  • Any damage or fault found must be reported immediately to the Manager and the PMT1 fault report submitted and process followed.
  • Drivers must not drive a vehicle with a faulty seatbelt! The vehicle must be repaired before being returned to service.

Interactive Polls and Communication Channels:

During the seatbelt driver safety campaign week there will be interactive polls on the Royal Mail intranet testing drivers’ knowledge and facts about wearing seatbelts. It’s intended to raise awareness, spread the word and generate debate.  A number of videos will also be aired on Royal Mail Group communication channels, intranet, RMTV and unit plasma screens with the Chief Operating Officer speaking on the importance of wearing a seatbelt and a Royal Mail employee talks about his experience of a road traffic accident in which the seatbelt saved his life.

Managers Actions During The Week: 

Carry out spot-checks in the yard, check for vehicles with seatbelts plugged in and hold driver briefings/safety conversations with drivers ensuring they understand the importance of wearing their seatbelt, the rules and the law.

ASR Actions

  • ASRs will be fully involved in the Road Safety Week Campaign.
  • ASRs’ full support and participation would be much appreciated by Royal Mail, Parcelforce Worldwide and CWU HQ.
  • Check that the Front-Line Manager has delivered the Huddle/briefing.
  • Check that Unit Managers/PiCs have made all drivers fully aware of seatbelt safety and requirements.
  • Carry out a safety inspection.
  • Check that drivers are aware of the seatbelt campaign.
  • Have they seen the slides?
  • Are they aware of and follow Royal Mail policy and the law on wearing a seatbelt at all times whilst driving?
  • Carry out gate checks on drivers leaving and entering the unit to see if seatbelts are being worn, and remind drivers of the requirement.

Attachments:

  • RMG SHE Huddle/Briefing FY025 22 – Seatbelt Safety.
  • Copy of the ‘Buckle-Up’ campaign slides that appear on unit plasma screens/RMTV etc.
  • ‘Wear Your Seatbelt’ campaign posters.
  • 2019 CWU Article – how a seatbelt saved the life of CWU member and 7.5t Parcelforce lorry driver Carl Prendergast.

Yours sincerely

Dave Joyce
National Health, Safety & Environment Officer

22LTB233 Royal Mail Group Wide Driver Road Safety ‘Seatbelts’ Campaign – WC 23 May 2022

SHE Huddle FY22 025 Seatbelt Safety

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£758m profit and pleading poverty? No thanks.

Commenting on Royal Mail Groups end of year financial results, CWU Deputy General Secretary (Postal), Terry Pullinger said

“Clearly this is a narrative worked on for weeks a not for employees but for the market analysts.

However, it also clearly reports what an amazing performance key postal workers have put in over the last year.

Every single penny of the £758 million profit was from letter, parcels and test kits collected, processed, distributed and delivered by key postal workers, not by Board members and not by shareholders, but by our members.

It is an outstanding effort delivered during unprecedented times from key workers that have a massive vocational sense of purpose.

The CWU are immensely proud of our members and even more determined than ever to get them the reward, recognition and pay rise that these results prove they deserve.”

Forget the markets day. We will be live with our DGSP Terry Pullinger DGSP around 11am today. We know most of you will be working but it will be available on catch up later on.

£758m profit and pleading poverty? No thanks.

ELECTION OF NATIONAL DELEGATIONS – 2022 TUC CongressLabour Party Conference

ELECTION OF NATIONAL DELEGATIONS – 2022

  • TUC Congress
  • Labour Party Conference

Further to LTB 202/22 dated 3rd May 2022 at the close of nominations the following have been received:

TUC 

Postal Constituency

NEC (1 Member)Amarjite SinghSouth East Wales AmalBallot RequiredRob WotherspoonBristol & District Amal

Lay Members (7 Members at least 2 delegates must be women & at least 1 delegate must be BAME)Steve CrokeSouth Midlands Postal*ElectedAndy HoppingSouth Central Postal*ElectedSajid ShaikhBirmingham District Amal*Elected (BAME)Mark WalshGreater Mersey*Elected

Telecoms & Financial Services Constituency

NEC (1 Member)No Nomination Received

Lay Members (5 Members at least 1 delegate must be a woman & least 1 delegate must be BAME)Graham ColkSouth Wales, Capital, Edinburgh, Dundee & Borders, Meridian,  North Anglia, Northern Ireland Telecom, Portsmouth West Sussex & IOW, West Yorkshire,*ElectedFiona CurtisNorthern Ireland Telecoms, Capital , Edinburgh, Dundee & Borders,  Meridian, North Anglia, Portsmouth West Sussex & IOW, South Wales, West Yorkshire,*ElectedNadeem KhanPreston Brook, Bury, Capital, Edinburgh, Dundee & Borders,  Meridian, North Anglia, Northern Ireland Telecom, Portsmouth West Sussex & IOW, South Wales West Yorkshire,*ElectedAngela TeelingGreater Mersey*Elected

LABOUR PARTY

Postal Constituency

NEC (1 Member)Steve JonesLondon Postal EngineeringBallot RequiredAmarjite SinghSouth East Wales Amal

Lay Members (7 Members at least 2 delegates must be women & at least 1 delegate must be BAME)Sajid ShaikhBirmingham District Amal*Elected (BAME)Paul BraithwaiteNorth Lancs & CumbriaBallot RequiredHuw DaviesLondon PhoenixKeith HamiltonSouth Central PostalScott HartlesScotland No 2Alan TateLondon Regional Motor Transport, London Postal EngineeringMark WalshGreater Mersey

Telecoms & Financial Services Constituency

NEC (1 Member)Kate WalshCapital, South Wales*Elected

Lay Members (5 Members at least 1 delegate must be a woman & at least 1 delegate must be BAME)Nadeem KhanPreston Brook & Bury, Capital, Edinburgh, Dundee & Borders,  Meridian , Mersey, North Anglia, Northern Ireland Telecom, Portsmouth, West Sussex & IOW, South Wales,  West Yorkshire,*Elected (BAME)Graham ColkSouth Wales, Capital,  Edinburgh, Dundee & Borders,  Meridian, Mersey, North Anglia, Northern Ireland Telecom,  Portsmouth, West Sussex & IOW,  Scotland No 1, West Yorkshire,Ballot RequiredFiona CurtisNorthern Ireland Telecoms, Capital Edinburgh, Dundee & Borders,  Meridian,  Mersey, North Anglia, Portsmouth, West Sussex & IOW, Scotland No 1, South Wales,  West Yorkshire,Brian KennyMersey,  Capital, Edinburgh, Dundee & Borders,  Meridian, North Anglia, Northern Ireland Telecom, Portsmouth, West Sussex & IOW, Scotland No 1, South Wales,  West Yorkshire,Joyce StevensonScotland No 1,  Capital, Edinburgh, Dundee & Borders,  Meridian,  Mersey, North Anglia, Northern Ireland Telecom, Portsmouth, West Sussex & IOW ,  South Wales, West Yorkshire,Angela TeelingGreater Mersey

The ballot timetable is as follows:

Despatch ballot papers:               24 May 2022

Ballot closes:                                  7 June 2022 (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

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Greener Jobs Alliance (GJA) Newsletter No. 38 – May 2022

Greener Jobs Alliance (GJA) Newsletter No. 38 – May 2022:

Introduction

The Greener Jobs Alliance was launched to promote skills training and job creation to meet the needs of Britain’s rapidly growing low carbon sectors and to green the whole economy. The transition to a low carbon and resource efficient economy can drive sustainable economic recovery and job creation in every part of the country as well as making existing jobs more secure. But this requires a more strategic national and local approach to deliver the workforce skills needed and to stimulate demand for clean energy and energy efficiency services.

The Greener Jobs Alliance liaises at a national and local level to build the broadest possible support for the policies, investment, partnerships and commitments needed to drive the transition to a low carbon economy.

The Greener Jobs Alliance liaises with training bodies, colleges, universities, employers, local and national Government, trade unions, housing associations, campaign and community groups – to build the policies, investment and partnerships needed to drive the transition to a low carbon economy.

The GJA runs a number of ‘free’ courses on the environment for Trade Union Reps in different parts of the UK which have been attended by a number of CWU Reps with details published in the newsletter.

The GJA came into existence as a result of funding from Battersea and Wandsworth TUC.

The founder GJA Secretary and Newsletter editor was Graham Petersen who is well known to the CWU and has a long standing working relationship with the Union. He is a former TUC tutor and course designer who created safety reps training courses and the successful TUC Occupational Health & Safety Diploma Course. He was the head of the Trade Union Studies Centre at South Thames College before retirement from the post and has been a visitor and guest speaker at CWU events and meetings. After 30 editions, Graham stood down at the GJA AGM last year and has handed over to Paul Atkin as newsletter editor and Tahir Latif as GJA Secretary. Graham remains a GJA Steering Group member and is now working part time for the Wales TUC having recently written a publication for them ‘Greener workplaces for a just transition – a Wales TUC toolkit for trade unionists’ which was circulated by the CWU Health, Safety and Environment Department.

See attached copy of the GJA Newsletter No.38 for May 2022

In this Newsletter the GJA editor Paul Atkin’s Editorial is entitled “Four answers to the energy and climate crises” and Paul writes about the “post pandemic” rapidly increasing costs of fossil fuels, the impact of the war in Ukraine and sanctions which will worsen and drive mass discontent, really hitting home with further price rises. All this now exposing holes in the Government’s climate change strategy for onshore wind generation turbines being blocked by local planning rules and those protecting fossil fuel interests!  Broad Green campaigns are therefore imperative in highlighting to communities both the benefit cutting emissions and the prospect of lower energy bills in exchange for proximity! adds Paul. He also interestingly covers insulation programmes, the role of heat pumps, green hydrogen and the role of the private sector and public ownership, windfall tax support and green investment.

Contents GJA Newsletter 38:

  1. Editorial: Four answers to the energy and climate crises.
  2. Green Skills confusion continues.
  3. NEU Declares Code Red.
  4. DFE Walking with Dinosaurs.
  5. US Women’s Construction delegation to London in June.
  6. Canadian Building Trades Conference.
  7. Lucas type plan at Rolls Royce?
  8. Lucas Plan historical note.
  9. It don’t have to be this way. Shanghai LA Green Corridor.
  10. Forgive us our Trespasses?
  11. GJA Activities Round up.
  12. Green Bites.

Quote of the Month: “Our addiction to fossil fuels is killing us” (Antonio Guterres Secretary-General of the United Nations)

Attachment: 

  • GJA-Newsletter-38-May 2022

Yours sincerely

Dave Joyce
National Health, Safety & Environment Officer

22LTB231 Greener Jobs Alliance (GJA) Newsletter No. 38 – May 2022

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TUC Rally – June 18th – Disability friendly information.

TUC Rally – June 18th – Disability friendly information.

We have been working with the TUC to provide more information for disabled members who wish to join the demonstration on June 18th. 

A summary of the outcomes are contained in the link below, including the availability of a shorter march, facilities for guide dogs and confirmation of BSL interpreters at Parliament Square. 

We ask that branches ensure the contents of this LTB are shared with members and used to deliver as inclusive a delegation to the event as possible. 

If branches require further information on the content of this LTB then please contact mmurray@cwu.org

Yours sincerely

Dave Ward
General Secretary

22LTB229 TUC Rally – June 18th – Disability friendly information.

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BSC Safety Health and Wellbeing Event, Inc. Seminars and Exhibition ‘SHW Live’ – Manchester 23/24 May

BSC Safety Health and Wellbeing Event, Inc. Seminars and Exhibition ‘SHW Live’ – Manchester 23/24 May:

The British Safety Council has informed the CWU Health, Safety & Environment Department that the rescheduled north of England Safety, Health and Wellbeing Event ‘SHW Live’ will take place on 23 and 24 May 2022 at Manchester Central and the event guide will be published shortly.

The ‘SHW Live’ event is set to reconnect regional occupational safety and health communities in the north of England and will offer essential educational, networking and procurement opportunities across two days.

This is a ‘free to attend’ live event which offers attendees a wide range of seminars covering many safety, health and wellbeing topics, the chance to speak to industry experts, learn about the latest safety innovations and talk directly to manufactures and key suppliers.

The British Safety Council and the Health & Safety Executive who are collaborating with the ‘SHW Live’ team who are organising the event will also be delivering seminars at the event.

A second event will take place in the south of England in Farnborough on 28th and 29th September 2022.

Event Seminars:

The organisers have promised a packed line up of Continuing Professional Development (CPD) health and safety seminar sessions for all delegates across two theatres – the SHW Keynote Theatre and the SHW Knowledge Hub supported by industry-leading exhibiting brands along with a wide range of innovative products.

The Health & Safety Executive will be hosting the morning sessions in the SHW Keynote Theatre on day one following an address by HSE Chair Sarah Newton. These seminars will focus on ‘Tackling Respiratory Disease’, ‘Work-related stress and its impact on Mental Health’ and ‘Taking the risk out of MSD Risk Management’, as well as a ‘Building Safety Regulator Update’.

The seminar agenda is complimented by the exhibition. The full list of event seminar sessions is attached.

Whether your priority is workplace safety, occupational health or mental health and wellbeing, this event aims at covering up to date subject matter and the latest legislation alongside networking and procurement opportunities for those within the Safety, Health and Wellbeing sector.

Venue and Dates

The ‘SHW Live’ Health and Safety Event (North) takes place at:

Venue

Manchester Central Convention Complex
Windmill St
Manchester
M2 3GX

Dates

23rd-24th May 2022.

Registration here: https://shwl-2022-visitor.reg.buzz/website

The event is ‘Free to Attend’

Yours sincerely

Dave Joyce
National Health, Safety & Environment Officer

22LTB228 BSC Safety Health and Wellbeing Event, Inc. Seminars and Exhibition ‘SHW Live’ – Manchester 23 24 May

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