Air Pollution – A Trade Union Issue, Free Half Day Course, Manchester, ‪Friday, 1st December 2017, from 1.00pm – 4.00pm‬ (Organised jointly by the Hazards Campaign & Greener Jobs Alliance)

Air Pollution – A Trade Union Issue, Free Half Day Course, Manchester, Friday, 1st December 2017, from 1.00pm – 4.00pm (Organised jointly by the Hazards Campaign & Greener Jobs Alliance)

To: All Branches

Dear Colleagues,

The Hazards Campaign and Greener Jobs Alliance are jointly providing this free of charge half day course in Manchester entitled ‘Air Pollution – A Trade Union Issue’ and CWU Health and Safety and Other Reps can register for a place. Numbers are limited so apply as soon as possible.

Air pollution in the UK is a public health emergency. Over 40,000 people die each year from causes linked to the air that they breathe – more than obesity and alcohol combined.

Workers are exposed to and create pollution to fulfil contractual obligations to employers. It is an occupational health issue that employers take little responsibility for.

Attending this course will help you to:

• Examine why air pollution is both a workplace issue and a public health one

• Find out about air pollution busting Citizen Science techniques

• Create action plans to deal with workplace exposures

• Create action plans to meaningfully engage in air pollution with local councils

• Share experience, knowledge and ideas

Venue: UNISON Regional Office

Arena Point 1

Hunts Bank

Manchester M3 1UN

Date: Friday 1st December 2017

Time: 1pm – 4pm

Lunch

Registration: To register for a ‘Free’ place please e-mail: janet@gmhazards.org.uk

For further information please call Janet Newsham on Tel: 0161 6367558

A ‘Free’ Lunch will be provided.

Yours sincerely

Dave Joyce

National Health, Safety & Environment Officer

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Royal Mail Group – Statutory Health and Safety Notice Boards (SHE Standard 4.3 & Appendix)

Royal Mail Group – Statutory Health and Safety Notice Boards (SHE Standard 4.3 & Appendix)

To: All Branches

Dear Colleagues,

See attached for your information the Royal Mail Group, Safety Health and Environment Standard 4.3 and Appendix (Guidance) which explains Royal Mail Group’s business arrangements for ensuring a consistent approach to the displaying of legally required

Notices and those displayed as a ‘Mandatory Policy’ requirement across Royal Mail Group. This includes:-

This Standard applies across the whole of Royal Mail Group (RMG) including Royal Mail, Parcelforce Worldwide, Logistics, International, Royal Mail Specialist Services and their support functions, such as Property, Fleet, Engineering and Programmes etc., and sets out the arrangements for ensuring that:

• Statutory Notices are displayed as required by legislation

• Notices are displayed as required by Royal Mail Group (RMG) Safety, Health & Environment (SHE) Management System Standards

• Key SHE performance and management information are displayed which are relevant to people at the Unit

• Notice Board displays are consistent across RMG

The Unit Manager is required by Royal Mail to ensure that the Notice Boards are established and maintained as set out in the SHE Standard.

Some of the legally required and important Notices included are:-

• HSE Law Poster

• RMG Safety & Health Policy

• RMG Environment Policy

• Employers Liability Insurance Cover

• SHE Organisation Structure

• RMG Safety Roles & Responsibilities

• First Aider List

• Fire Evacuation Information

• Safety Performance information

• Severe Weather Standard Preparation Checklist

• Health and Safety Committee Notes

• H&S Action Plan

• PPE Matrix

(Full list details in attachments).

SPDO’s are included in the buildings required to have a Statutory Health and Safety Notice Board and where there is limited wall space to accommodate Notice Boards, then legal and mandatory notices MUST be displayed in the most suitable location. Where there is insufficient space those that are not legally required or of a mandatory nature MUST be kept in a ring binder folder and retained in a prominent position to be used to brief new entrants and to inform all visitors and contractors on their arrival at the Unit.

Notice Boards can be obtained by calling the RM Group Helpdesk on: 0844 800 9191

The Safety, Health and Environment Engagement Manager will ensure that appropriate communications materials are maintained to deliver the necessary communications for compliance with this SHE Standard 4.3.

The RM Group SHE Audit & Performance Manager will audit and monitor compliance with SHE Standard 4.3.

Yours sincerely

Dave Joyce

National Health, Safety & Environment Officer

17LTB629 Royal Mail Group – Statutory Health and Safety Notice Boards SHE Standard 4.3 & Appendix

Standard 4.3 Statutory Notices and Notice_Boards (v2.0)

Statutory Notice and Notice Boards (Appendix 1) (v6 0)

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Zero Suicide Alliance Launched and Urges The UK To ‘Save A Life’

Zero Suicide Alliance Launched and Urges The UK To ‘Save A Life’

To: All Branches

Dear Colleagues,

Bereaved families have joined forces with over 90 NHS trusts, charities, politicians and suicide survivors to launch a new organisation and movement, the “Zero Suicide Alliance (ZSA)” today, 16 November at the Houses of Parliament.

The Zero Suicide Alliance is a collaboration of National Health Service Trusts, businesses and individuals who are all committed to suicide prevention in the UK and beyond. The alliance is ultimately concerned with improving support for people contemplating suicide by raising awareness of and promoting FREE suicide prevention training which is accessible to all. The aims of this training are to;

• enable people to identify when someone is presenting with suicidal thoughts/behaviour,

• to be able to speak out in a supportive manner, and

• to empower them to signpost the individual to the correct services or support.

The new organisation has been brought together by a common goal of ensuring suicide is taken seriously. It will work together to use the best prevention evidence to immediately reduce the number of suicides in this country.

It will also encourage one million people to take the practical step of taking part in new interactive prevention training and help them save lives.

The ‘Samaritans’ Suicide Statistics Report 2017 reports that 6,188 suicides were registered in the UK, which is the equivalent of 20 long haul airplanes crashing on an annual basis.

The ZSA is determined to make a stand against those shocking statistics by working together with health professionals, experts in the sector and people directly affected by suicide to move this important topic to the top of the health care agenda.

The ZSA is also encouraging as many people as possible to watch the ‘free’ on-line training package, developed with their official training partner ‘Relias’, which will give people the skills necessary to help others that may have suicidal thoughts.

In the time it takes to make and enjoy a cup of tea (20 minutes), the ‘free on-line e-learning course’ will provide the training to approach a difficult conversation with someone who is

struggling. It will also provide real life scenarios and interviews with people who have lived through the impact of suicide.

The training is aimed at people from all walks of life – not just clinicians and other healthcare workers – and the ZSA hopes it will help better prepare people to help friends, loved ones or family members that may be considering taking their own life.

Many leading MPs are backing the ZSA, who hope to win Government support to help them link all NHS trusts in the county to share best practice and really tackle the problem of suicide in the UK.

• The Problem: Over 6000 suicides a year in the UK or 17 per day.

• The Solution: The ZSA believe these deaths can be prevented through training individuals to recognise the warning signs that someone could be contemplating suicide and enabling them act in an appropriate manner to help safeguard those at risk. The core aim of the Zero Suicide Alliance is to get people to make an explicit commitment to reduce suicide deaths. Through providing free training, which is available to all, to help empower individuals to identify every person at risk of suicide and give them the confidence to engage with those presenting with suicidal thoughts and/or behaviour. Whilst also enabling those who’ve taken the training to signpost individuals who are at risk to the correct services or support.

• Get Involved: The ZSA are asking people to lend their Facebook and Twitter feeds to the cause. The time has come to stop talking about suicide as a public health issue and to start taking action. The ZSA are asking people and organisations to help spread the word about the ZSA’s free suicide prevention training which is launching today, Thursday 16th November 2017 and is available to everyone and it takes just 20 minutes to complete. It’s available at: www.zerosuicidealliance.com

TAKE THE ‘ZSA’ SUICIDE PREVENTION TRAINING:-

The ZSA ‘FREE’ suicide prevention training course will teach you how to recognise the warning signs and safeguard someone that could be contemplating suicide – It takes 20 minutes to complete and is available at: www.zerosuicidealliance.com.

Also available at the ZSA Website are FREE Newsletters, Videos and Resources such as posters, e-mail banners, screen-savers and other campaign material to help spread the word and raise awareness.

The CWU Health, Safety & Environment Department is supporting the ZSA campaign as part of the Union’s overall Mental Health Strategy and is urging all CWU Reps to access and complete the on-line training.

Yours sincerely

Dave Joyce

National Health, Safety & Environment Officer

17LTB627 Zero Suicide Alliance Launched and Urges The UK To ‘Save A Life

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Membership Subscription – Retired & Retired Associate Members – ‪from 1st January 2018‬ 

Membership Subscription – Retired & Retired Associate Members – from 1st January 2018

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 3% therefore in accordance with the rules of the union from 1st January 2018 the membership subscription rates for Retired and Retired Associate Members will be as follows:

CWU Contribution rates –

New Weekly ContributionsNew Monthly Contributionsfrom 1 January 2018

“I” Rate £“O” Rate £“I” Rate £“O” Rate £Retired Members

1.381.185.995.12Retired Associate Members

n/an/a4.663.79Any 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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BT Pension Review – BT Documentation 

BT Pension Review – BT Documentation 

Further to LTB 616/2017 please find attached for information the following documentation which has been issued by BT as part of the pension consultation.

• Consultation document for BT Pension Scheme Team Members.

• Consultation document for the BT Retirement Saving Scheme.

• Document on the Section C Court case that will be sent to BTPS Section C members only.

• Copies of covering letters sent to different categories of staff.

1 This includes a letter to BTPS Section A members. Section A is out of scope of the review.

2 References in this document to GAD refer to TUPE arrangements made in line with advice from the Government Actuaries Department.

• Consultation for BT Pension Scheme Managers and those in the New Reward Framework.

• Copy of a BT Question and Answer document.

Yours sincerely,

 

Andy Kerr

Deputy General Secretary (T&FS)

617.2017

ATTACHMENT 1 – LTB 617.2017 BT Pension Review – BT Documentation

ATTACHMENT 2 – LTB 617.2017 BT Pension Review – BT Documentation

ATTACHMENT 3 – LTB 617.2017 BT Pension Review – BT Documentation

ATTACHMENT 4 – LTB 617.2017 BT Pension Review – BT Documentation

ATTACHMENT 5 – LTB 617.2017 BT Pension Review – BT Documentation

 

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