STAND BY YOUR POST – PARLIAMENT SQUARE RALLY – UPDATE

STAND BY YOUR POST – PARLIAMENT SQUARE RALLY – UPDATE

The reaction to the announcement of the strike rally in London on Friday 9thDecember, at 1pm has been overwhelming. We are now close to 15,000 confirmed attendees – and that is without individual members who will be travelling on their own.

We reaffirm to all members that branches are providing transport from across the UK. This is an event that will go down in history – please do everything you can to make it.

We ask that members do not attend the rally in uniform. Given the current industrial relations climate we believe this is a sensible decision. The weather is set to be cold so wrap up warm and if possible, come in some CWU colours (pink) – we want the strongest possible images for the media coverage.

We ask all branches to bring branch banners and supply as much CWU merchandise as possible. There will be placards and limited hi-vis jackets available on the day.

We are finalising an excellent set of speakers for the rally – keep an eye on our social media channels in the coming days for announcements.

We also want to reiterate the importance of every picket line in the UK having a presence. This is crucial.

Finally, members are assembling from Scotland, Northern Ireland, Wales and England in the biggest mobilisation of CWU members in history. Get to London on Friday. CWU and Proud.

Any enquiries on the above LTB should be addressed to the General Secretary’s Office at jdunn@cwu.org

Yours sincerely,

Dave Ward – General Secretary                                 

Andy Furey – Acting Deputy General Secretary (Postal)                     

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FURTHER TALKS AT ACAS

FURTHER TALKS AT ACAS

We understand that Royal Mail published a letter today asking us to meet them urgently at ACAS to discuss the details of their “so called best and final offer”.  

We have attached to this LTB a copy of the union’s response confirming once again that we have rejected their offer and that we are willing to meet them tomorrow at ACAS to negotiate a resolution to our disputes.

Please ensure the union’s response and the content of this LTB is shared in all workplaces.

Any enquiries on the above should be addressed to the General Secretary/Acting Deputy General Secretary at jdunn@cwu.org/hford@cwu.org.

Yours sincerely

Dave Ward                                                     Andy Furey
General Secretary                                      Acting Deputy General Secretary (Postal)   

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CWU CALL FOR INDEPENDENT INVESTIGATION INTO THE UNACCEPTABLE BEHAVIOUR OF THE RMG CEO AND THE COMPANY AND RMG PICKET LINE ALLEGATIONS

CWU CALL FOR INDEPENDENT INVESTIGATION INTO THE UNACCEPTABLE BEHAVIOUR OF THE RMG CEO AND THE COMPANY AND RMG PICKET LINE ALLEGATIONS

We understand that Royal Mail Group published last week a letter that was sent to the General Secretary from their legal counsel concerning serious allegations on picket line behaviour.

Please find attached to this LTB our response.  It is important that this is shared with our representatives and members in all workplaces.

The key points of the union’s response are as follows:-

  • The company has not provided any evidence whatsoever to the union to support the allegations they have made.
  • The CWU have made clear, as always, that we do not condone the type of behaviour Royal Mail reference, in their unfounded allegations.
  • We make clear that whilst there may have been some unacceptable behaviour in an extremely small minority of cases, the union’s representatives and members have conducted themselves in a respectful, good natured and peaceful way, despite aggressive and severe provocation from Royal Mail managers.
  • We have condemned the actions of the CEO for deliberately utilising his workplace social media platform to launch psychological attacks on our members, impacting on their mental health.
  • We have condemned the company for shamefully engaging in worker and union busting tactics, led by Grant McPherson and a senior management team.
  • As mentioned in the media last week, the CWU is now formally calling for an independent investigation into the unacceptable behaviour of the CEO and the Royal Mail Group and the company’s picket line allegations. We have offered the company the opportunity to agree a Terms of Reference for this.
  • We have made clear that for any CWU member or representative facing conduct charges, we have no confidence that they will receive a fair hearing because of the prejudicial actions of the employer, led from the very top of the company.

It is essential that you convey the content of this LTB to all CWU members and representatives through workplace meetings and that you explain the actions the union are now taking in calling for an independent investigation.

Any enquiries on the above should be addressed to the General Secretary/Acting Deputy General Secretary at jdunn@cwu.org/hford@cwu.org.

Yours sincerely

Dave Ward                                                    Andy Furey
General Secretary                                      Acting Deputy General Secretary (Postal)    

22LTB483 CWU CALL FOR INDEPENDENT INVESTIGATION INTO THE UNACCEPTABLE BEHAVIOUR OF THE RMG CEO AND THE COMPANY AND ROYAL MAIL PICKET LINE ALLEGATIONS

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CWU CALL FOR INDEPENDENT INVESTIGATION INTO THE UNACCEPTABLE BEHAVIOUR OF THE RMG CEO AND THE COMPANY AND RMG PICKET LINE ALLEGATIONS

No. 483/22

5th December 2022

TO:  ALL POSTAL BRANCHES

Dear Colleague

CWU CALL FOR INDEPENDENT INVESTIGATION INTO THE UNACCEPTABLE BEHAVIOUR OF THE RMG CEO AND THE COMPANY AND RMG PICKET LINE ALLEGATIONS

We understand that Royal Mail Group published last week a letter that was sent to the General Secretary from their legal counsel concerning serious allegations on picket line behaviour.  

Please find attached to this LTB our response.  It is important that this is shared with our representatives and members in all workplaces.

The key points of the union’s response are as follows:-

The company has not provided any evidence whatsoever to the union to support the allegations they have made.

The CWU have made clear, as always, that we do not condone the type of behaviour Royal Mail reference, in their unfounded allegations.  

We make clear that whilst there may have been some unacceptable behaviour in an extremely small minority of cases, the union’s representatives and members have conducted themselves in a respectful, good natured and peaceful way, despite aggressive and severe provocation from Royal Mail managers.  

We have condemned the actions of the CEO for deliberately utilising his workplace social media platform to launch psychological attacks on our members, impacting on their mental health.

We have condemned the company for shamefully engaging in worker and union busting tactics, led by Grant McPherson and a senior management team.

As mentioned in the media last week, the CWU is now formally calling for an independent investigation into the unacceptable behaviour of the CEO and the Royal Mail Group and the company’s picket line allegations.  We have offered the company the opportunity to agree a Terms of Reference for this.

We have made clear that for any CWU member or representative facing conduct charges, we have no confidence that they will receive a fair hearing because of the prejudicial actions of the employer, led from the very top of the company.

It is essential that you convey the content of this LTB to all CWU members and representatives through workplace meetings and that you explain the actions the union are now taking in calling for an independent investigation.
 
Any enquiries on the above should be addressed to the General Secretary/Acting Deputy General Secretary at jdunn@cwu.org/hford@cwu.org.

Yours sincerely
                                       
Dave Ward      
General Secretary

Andy Furey
Acting Deputy General Secretary (Postal)

RMG Driver/Road Safety Briefing/Communication W/C 05.12.22 – ‘SHE Huddle FY22 069 Drink and Drug Driving’

RMG Driver/Road Safety Briefing/Communication W/C 05.12.22 – ‘SHE Huddle FY22 069 Drink and Drug Driving’

Introduction

The Royal Mail Group Road Safety Manager‎ has informed the CWU HQ Health, Safety and Environment Department that the RMG Safety Health and Environment Team will be issuing a national driver/road safety briefing/communication SHE huddle, this week commencing Monday 5 December reminding the workforce about driving under the influence of ‘Drink and Drugs’ and this will be based on the attached SHE Huddle FY22 069 ‘Drink/Drug Driving’ which will be supported by a ‘None For The Road’ – Don’t Drink or Dug Drive slide on the RMTV Plasma screens throughout the business to support the road safety message to drivers.

Background

Regrettably and quite shockingly, recent evidence suggests that drink/drug driving is on the increase, despite decades of public road safety campaigns highlighting the dangers and consequences – hence this campaign.

Roadside drink and drug testing, backed up by severe court penalties and driving bans, plus campaigns highlighting accidents and injuries collectively built up the social unacceptability of drink/drug driving. Roadside testing for drug driving was subsequently introduced to identify drivers impaired by drugs. Drink and drugs sadly continues to be a problem on the roads with recent evidence suggesting it’s increasing with the UK Police confirming findings of a sharp increase in numbers last year.  Some facts:

  • 8,000 killed or seriously injured by drivers impaired by drink or drugs.
  • 24% of people killed were impaired by drink or drugs.
  • 1 in 10 people driving for work, fail random drink and drug tests.

Police forces across the country are also launching a month-long annual ‘Drink and Drugs’ campaign today.

Drugs and Alcohol Effects on Driving 

Slows reaction times, impairs judgement, affects concentration, causes fatigue, leads to risk taking and erratic behaviour, causes confusion, muscle paralysis, hallucinations, agitation, panic attacks, memory impairment, blurred vision and drowsiness, reduces coordination and the ability to think clearly – Impairs ability to drive safely! 

Impairment through drink or drugs means a driver and passengers are more likely to die or be seriously injured in a collision. 

Prosecution and Penalties

Minimum 12 months’ driving ban, unlimited fine, up to 6 months in prison, licence endorsed for 11 years and causing death by dangerous driving whilst under the influence of drink or drugs results in up to 14 years in prison.

Other impacts:  

  • May affect employment and employability.
  • Increased car insurance costs.
  • Difficulty obtaining Visa e.g., for travel to USA.

Morning After Effect 

Watch out for the morning after effect. Many drivers get caught out because alcohol stays in the system longer than most people think with many driving to work after a night’s sleep thinking the alcohol has cleared their system when it hasn’t!

Prescription and Over The Counter Drugs 

Drivers should take care with prescription or ‘over the counter’ drugs – check for any warnings that they may affect driving by causing drowsiness. If in any doubt, check with a doctor or pharmacist.

Supporting Information 

See supporting information on the Royal Mail screens and intranet.  Royal Mail Group support is available to help anyone with a problem with alcohol or drug dependency. All support is treated in strict confidence. Employees themselves or their managers can make a referral to the occupational health service by calling 0345 266 5060 or visiting www.rmgfirstclasssupport.co.uk or downloading the ‘Lifeworks’ App. New users of the website/App can sign up using a unique invitation code which is ‘RMG-‘ and their pay number, e.g., RMG-12345678. Full guidance and signposting to external support services is available in the Alcohol and Drugs Guide via the health policy and information pages on PSP.

Managers Actions

  • Managers to brief drivers on the SHE Huddle FY22 069 content attached.
  • Drivers to ensure that they drive in accordance with the Royal Mail Driving SSoW and the law.

ASR Action

Would ASRs support the briefing and ensure it is delivered in all units and cascade information.

Attachments:

  • RMG SHE Huddle FY22 069 Driver Distraction
  • RMTV/Plasma Screens Awareness Campaign Slide
  • Road Safety Drinking & Driving Fact Sheet from RoSPA
  • RMG Driving SSoW

(To All CWU Members – do have a safe and peaceful Christmas and New Year festive season. Our Best Wishes To You All.)

Yours sincerely

Dave Joyce
National Health, Safety & Environment Officer

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Level 1 and Level 2 Community Interpreting courses and UK Driving Theory for ESOL Learners available from WEA.

From January WEA will be offering Level 1 and Level 2 Community Interpreting courses for anyone who speaks more than one language and who is interested in volunteering or working as an interpreter and help their local community. We are also starting a new “UK Driving Theory for ESOL Learners” course. Please see the posters attached and more info below. I would be most grateful if you could share this information with your colleagues and anyone who might be interested in our free courses.

 

If you have any questions or require any more info please email us at cambs@wea.ac.uk

 

 

Skills Check – Community Interpreting Level 1 and Level 2 courses 

Skills Check Meetings Dates:

Ref: C2229482

Tuesday January 10th 2023

Time: 09:15 to 12:15

Enrol here

https://enrolonline.wea.org.uk/Online/2022/CourseInfo.aspx?r=C2229482

Ref: C2229483

Wednesday January 11th 2023

Time: 09:15 to 12:15

Enrol here

https://enrolonline.wea.org.uk/Online/2022/CourseInfo.aspx?r=C2229483

Ref: C2229485

Wednesday January 11th 2023

Time: 18:00 to 21:00

Enrol here

https://enrolonline.wea.org.uk/Online/2022/CourseInfo.aspx?r=C2229485

 

Where: Online via Zoom

 

 

UK Driving Theory for ESOL Learners – Online course

If you don’t have a driving license this course will help you pass the theory test, but if you do have a driving licence from your home country – it will help you understand fundamental road rules of driving in the UK.

 

Start date: 16/01/2023  

End date: 13/03/2023

Venue: Online 

Time: Mon 12:00 PM and Wed 12:00 PM(2hr Session) 
Course fee: FREE 
 

To enrol on the course please quote the course reference C2229100 either online at wea.org.uk or by ringing 

0300 303 34 64

Citizenship: UK Driving Theory for ESOL Learners (C2229100) (wea.org.uk)

 

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