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Further to LTB 008/19 dated 8th January. 

Branches will be aware we reached a Collective Agreement with the Post Office in relation to a new Incentive Scheme for our Crown Office members. I am pleased to advise Branches that our members have voted overwhelmingly in favour of the Agreement via a consultative ballot which closed today. The result is as follows:

*Spoilt ballot papers – 7LTB032-19 Post Office – Agreement for a Revised Crown Office Incentive Scheme – Ballot Result

In view of the above result, the £100 “lead-in” payment (for both full-time and part-time members) will be made with January salaries. 

The annual Incentive Scheme payment for on-target performance of up to a maximum of £1000 will be made with May salaries. Please refer to LTB 008/18 for full details of the mechanics of the new scheme.

I would like to thank members once again for their patience and understanding whilst these negotiations have taken place. I am confident that the new Incentive Scheme will provide our members with a better and fairer opportunity to achieve improved bonus payments.

If you have any questions in relation to this LTB, please contact Lea Sheridan –

Yours sincerely


Andy Furey

Assistant Secretary

LTB032-19 Post Office – Agreement for a Revised Crown Office Incentive Scheme – Ballot Result


Royal Mail Group – Handbrake Safety and Avoiding Vehicle Roll Away Accidents: (RMG SHE Safety Alert – GP SA 2019 001 Vehicle Roll-Away)

Royal Mail Group – Handbrake Safety and Avoiding Vehicle Roll Away Accidents: (RMG SHE Safety Alert – GP SA 2019 001 Vehicle Roll-Away)

The attached Royal Mail Group Safety Alert has been issued to all offices this week for immediate communication and driver briefings through the line to all Collection and Delivery Drivers.

Following the continued problem of Royal Mail vehicles rolling away, with a worrying number over recent months, the attached Safety (SHE) Alert has been produced by the Royal Mail Safety Health & Environment (SHE) Team for immediate communication to all drivers in all offices.

This Safety Alert reinforces the ‘mandatory controls’ required when parking Royal Mail vehicles, to eliminate vehicle roll-away incidents. All drivers must adopt the safety standards to prevent vehicle roll-away incidents which can and have caused very serious injuries and even a fatality. Drivers can additionally place themselves at risk of prosecution by the Police for serious motoring offences and Royal Mail/Parcelforce may consider Conduct Code/Disciplinary Action if drivers ignore and fail to comply with safety control instructions.

Royal Mail report that accident investigations into roll away vehicle incidents have found that drivers generally do apply the handbrake in most cases but it’s not always fully applied and the drivers don’t leave the vehicle in gear or turn the wheels as an added safety precaution. If the driver makes an error applying the handbrake, if the handbrake is not fully applied or the handbrake fails, the vehicle can then roll away. There have been a worrying number of Royal Mail/Parcelforce vehicle roll-aways since 2014.  In conclusion, drivers are failing to follow the “HIT” Acronym “Handbrake On, Vehicle in Gear, Turn The Wheels” when parking their vans. A slight incline or even just an uneven road surface can be enough to start a vehicle moving. It’s important that the ‘HIT’ safety controls are ALWAYS applied, even on level ground to develop good practice and good, safe driving habits.

The attached Safety (SHE) Alert is being issued to ‘raise the profile of this risk’ to all Collection and Delivery Drivers and to promote “HIT”.

The “HIT” Acronym: 

  • Handbrake On
  • In Gear
  • Turn the Wheels

Remember and Think “HIT”

The three controls required to fully and safely secure a vehicle so that it doesn’t roll away are:

  • ALWAYS apply the handbrake firmly – do not press the button when applying the handbrake.
  • ALWAYS leave the vehicle in a low gear – use first gear if facing uphill or on level ground, and use reverse if facing downhill.
  • ALWAYS turn the wheels – if a kerb is present turn away from it when facing uphill, and towards it if downhill. If there is no kerb turn towards the point of least danger (usually the side of the road).

If drivers suspect a vehicle handbrake is faulty, the vehicle must be taken out of service and booked into the Royal Mail Fleet Workshop immediately, using the PMT1 Fault Report process. Drivers should never try to physically stop a rolling vehicle.

Can all Area Health and Safety Representatives carry out safety spot checks and inspections to ensure that managers have communicated the Safety Alert message to all staff that drive Royal Mail Collection and Delivery Vehicles please.

Royal Mail Vehicle Fleet Handbrake Safety Developments:

The Health, Safety and Environment Department has been in discussions with Royal Mail Fleet for some time, firstly looking at what Handbrake Safety Technology is available on the market which is simplistic in design but has been engineered to make an enhancement to fleet vehicle operational safety and secondly Royal Mail Fleet and the CWU have been conducting trials of three types of Handbrake Safety Systems.

Two types are being trialled on LGVs. These are the ‘DAF factory system’ and the ‘Vision Techniques BrakeSafe system’. These two systems automatically apply the handbrake/park brake if the driver leaves the vehicle without applying the brake. LGVs have an airbrake system and automatic application via these new safety systems is possible.

On the Light Commercial Van Fleet, the ‘TVG Parking Brake Safety System’ was initially, successfully trialled on 4 Royal Mail Peugeot Partner vans and the Trial has now been extended to a further 100 new Royal Mail VW Caddy vans and 1 Parcelforce Mercedes Sprinter van. This system consists of an Electronic Control Module and Sensor fitted in the Handbrake Mechanism. The electronic module detects when the vehicle door is opened and immediately checks the status of the mechanical handbrake sensor which will output a reading, having measured the amount of force applied to the handbrake lever and cables. If the electronic sensor and module detects that the amount of force applied to the handbrake has not reached the threshold and is insufficient to hold the vehicle firm when parked, an immediate loud audible alert will sound warning the driver to fully apply the handbrake to a point where the force exceeds the minimum threshold and the warning alert will then cease. Compared with existing standard systems where the driver is subjected to a repetitive automated reminder, this system will only ever voice a warning/reminder if the handbrake is not fully applied. (See attached TVG Specification Document).

We have strongly expressed the view that these trials should be further extended at the earliest opportunity and beyond that rolled out nationally as standard, if the kit proves to be universally successful in reducing roll-away vehicle incidents.

LTB No. 088/2017 also refers.

Yours sincerely


Dave Joyce
National Health, Safety & Environment Officer

19LTB025 Handbrake Safety and Avoiding Vehicle Roll Away Accidents


GP SA 2019 001 Vehicle Roll-away

Launch of ‘Trade Union Clean Air Network’ (TUCAN) Event on 6 February 2019 in London: 

Launch of ‘Trade Union Clean Air Network’ (TUCAN) Event on 6 February 2019 in London: 

The Hazards Campaign, Greener Jobs Alliance and UCU have been working on the ‘Air Pollution as a Trade Union Work Issue’ campaign for the last 18 months, raising awareness, producing a Newsletter, speaking at various meetings and events plus running a series of ‘free’ training sessions and spreading the word and GJA demands.

On 6th February the Hazards Campaign, Greener Jobs Alliance, NEU and UCU will be launching the “Trade Union Clean Air Network” (TUCAN) at the International Transport Workers Federation (ITF) Head Office, 49-60 Borough Road, London SE1 1DR – 2pm to 4pm.

An open invitation has been received for any CWU Health and Safety Reps who wish to attend the gathering.

See attached for your information:-

  • Meeting Flyer 
  • The Clean Air Charter 

Date & Time:

Wednesday 6th February 2019 2pm – 4pm.


ITF Head Office,
ITF House
49-60 Borough Road
London, SE1 1DR

Air Pollution and the Trade Union Voice

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. Government strategy is essentially an exercise in kicking the can down the road by delaying vital measures or passing it over to local authorities to sort out. Concerns continue to grow about air pollution and occupational health as most air pollution is caused by work-related activities.

The Trade Union Clean Air Network worker wants the TU voice to be much more prominent in the public debate on this issue and the adoption of a charter will provide a set of demands which unions can prioritise in campaigns at local, regional, national and international level. The network can also support 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 can promote best practice case studies and training that unions can use to raise awareness.

For further information and Registration to attend

Please contact:-

Janet Newsham,
Coordinator of Greater Manchester Hazards Centre
Acting Chair of National Hazards Campaign
Windrush Millennium Centre
70 Alexandra Road
M16 7WD
Tel: 0161 636 7558
Twitter: @JNewsham

Yours sincerely


Dave Joyce
National Health, Safety & Environment Officer

19LTB035 Launch of ‘Trade Union Clean Air Network’ (TUCAN) Event on 6 February 2019 in London

GJA Clean Air Launch – PRINT

GJA TU Clean Air Charter

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Prostate Cancer and Your Risk – New CWU Leaflet & Information For Black Men: (CWU Conference Motion 47 – 2018):

Prostate Cancer and Your Risk – New CWU Leaflet & Information For Black Men: (CWU Conference Motion 47 – 2018):

Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in men in the UK. It usually develops slowly, so there may be no signs for many years.

Black men are more likely to get prostate cancer than other men in the UK. If you’re black, you may also be more likely to get prostate cancer if you’re aged 45 or over – and your risk increases as you get older.

1 in 4 black men will get prostate cancer at some point in their lives. Black men are more likely to get prostate cancer than other men, who have a 1 in 8 chance of getting prostate cancer.

For reasons not yet understood, prostate cancer is more common in men of African-Caribbean or African descent, and less common in Asian men. Public Health England state that the lifetime risk of getting prostate cancer is 27% for a Black man, 7% for an Asian man, and 12% for a White man. The lifetime risk of dying from prostate cancer is 8% for a Black man, 2% for an Asian man, and 4% for a White man.

You may also be more likely to get prostate cancer if:

  • you are aged 45 or over – and your risk increases as you get older
  • your father or brother has had it 
  • If you’re overweight or obese, you might have a higher risk of being diagnosed with prostate cancer that’s aggressive (more likely to spread) or advanced (spread outside the prostate)

If you’re a black man over 45, speak to your GP about your risk of prostate cancer.

Prostate cancer can develop when cells in your prostate start to grow in an uncontrolled way. Prostate cancer often grows slowly and may never cause any problems. But some prostate cancer grows quickly and has a high risk of spreading. This is more likely to cause problems and needs treatment to stop it spreading.

What is the prostate?

The prostate is a gland. Only men have a prostate. The prostate is usually the size and shape of a walnut. It sits underneath the bladder and surrounds the urethra, which is the tube men urinate (pee) and ejaculate through. The prostate’s main job is to help make semen – the fluid that carries sperm.

Does prostate cancer have any symptoms?

Most men with early prostate cancer don’t have any symptoms. So, even if you don’t have symptoms, if you’re a black man over 45, speak to your GP about your risk of prostate cancer.

Some men with prostate cancer may have difficulty urinating. Men with prostate cancer that’s spread to other parts of the body might have pain in the back, hips or pelvis, problems getting or keeping an erection, blood in the urine, or unexplained weight loss. These symptoms are usually caused by other things that aren’t prostate cancer. For example, if you notice any changes when you urinate or have trouble controlling your bladder, this could be a sign of an enlarged prostate or prostatitis. But it’s still a good idea to talk to your GP so they can find out what’s causing them.

Why are black men at higher risk?

The experts don’t know why black men are more likely to get prostate cancer than other men. But it might be linked to genes. Genes are sets of instructions inside every cell in your body and are inherited from your parents.

What is the risk for men with mixed black ethnicity?

If you have mixed black ethnicity, you are likely to be at higher risk of prostate cancer than men who aren’t black. But experts don’t know your exact risk because they don’t have enough information on prostate cancer in men with mixed black ethnicity. And they don’t know whether it makes a difference if it’s your mother or father who is black.

Prostate Cancer UK Helpline 08000748383

Mon-Fri: 9am-6pm

Weds: 10am-8pm

Visit the Prostate Cancer UK Website where you can

  • Order Information Packs
  • Book a Talk/Speaker for your meeting with a Prostate UK Volunteer Speaker

CWU Leaflet

Most Black Men aren’t aware they have an increased risk of Prostate Cancer! So use the new CWU Leaflet to raise awareness. A PDF of the leaflet is attached for downloading and printing. Hard copies of the leaflets can be ordered from Debby Akerman at CWU/HQ.

Yours sincerely

Dave Joyce
National Health, Safety & Environment Officer

19LTB031 Prostate Cancer and Your Risk – New CWU Leaflet 0

6015 Prostate cancer awareness leaflet


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Greener Jobs Alliance – Free Course For Trade Union Reps on ‘Air Pollution – A Trade Union Issue’ Friday, 8th February, 2019 from 1.00pm – 4.00pm, Exeter:

Greener Jobs Alliance – Free Course For Trade Union Reps on ‘Air Pollution – A Trade Union Issue’ Friday, 8th February, 2019 from 1.00pm – 4.00pm, Exeter:


Air pollution in the UK is a public health emergency and has rightly in recent times become the centre of attention as the government’s own figures confirm that air pollution is responsible for 40,000 deaths in the UK each year and the World Health Organisation has called it a global health emergency. 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. The ‘Greener Jobs Alliance’ and the ‘Hazards Campaign’ are offering this free half day course for trade union representatives to look in detail at the issue and explores what can be done about it.   

The Greener Jobs Alliance

The Greener Jobs Alliance (GJA), part of the ‘Hazards Campaign’ has been formed as a partnership body inclusive of trade unions, student organisations, campaigning groups and a policy think tank. It campaigns around the issue of jobs and the skills needed to transition to a low-carbon economy. The founding members of the GJA are the University and College Union, Trades Union Congress, Greenpeace, Friends of the Earth, National Union of Students, People & Planet, and the Institute of Public Policy Research.

The Course

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 

Successful previous courses have been run in Birmingham, Leeds, London and Southampton with excellent feedback from attendees.

The Venue
UCU SW Regional Office,
26b Clifton Hill
EX1 2DJ 


Registration is required. Please confirm your attendance by email to:

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

Unions and the Environment

Unions have a strong voice protecting the environment in their workplaces and local communities, and there’s an ideal opportunity to check out some of the resources and support available. The CWU supports encouraging worldwide awareness and action for the protection of the environment and is working with the ‘Greener Jobs Alliance’ and ‘Hazards’.

Yours sincerely


Dave Joyce
National Health, Safety & Environment Officer

19LTB033 Greener Jobs Alliance – Free Course For Trade Union Reps on Air Pollution – 08022019

Air Polution Leaflet Exeter 8Feb19

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It is with regret that I write to inform you that Joe Menzies passed away on Wednesday 16th January.

Joe joined the union (then known as UPW) on commencing Post Office employment and after a year he was elected Postman Section Secretary. During his time in the union Joe held many positions including Assistant Branch Secretary, Branch Secretary, ADO(P), DO(P), Regional Postal Committee, Scottish Council committee, National Delegate to STUC and as an Executive Council member.

At this sad time our thoughts are of course with Joe’s family and on behalf of the CWU, I convey our deepest sympathy and condolences. He will be sorely missed by members, colleagues and friends within the union and the wider labour movement.

We will forward details of Joe’s funeral arrangements in due course.

Any enquiries on the content of this LTB please forward

Yours sincerely


Dave Ward

General Secretary


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You will be aware that the Black Workers Conference takes place on Wednesday 23rd January 2019 in Birmingham and the purpose of this LTB is to provide more detail on the panel session we will be holding at the Conference.

Given the decisions of the Redesign Conference we are of course in the unusual position of moving from our existing structures to the new Equality/Conference structures and we believe the panel session offers an opportunity to discuss how the new Equality Structures will operate in relation to all aspects of our BAME work.

At this juncture we recognise that there will be legitimate questions and concerns about our next steps, how the transition will take place and what this means for elected positions and the frequency of meetings.

Therefore the panel session will be built around the following:

 The need to build on the recommendations agreed at the Redesign Conference and provide more clarity on how the new structures will operate

 Taking questions from the floor to ensure we have a comprehensive discussion.

 In relation to 5.6 of the Conference Policy paper and the agreed recommendation on how we will develop future strategy, we are keen to take input from the floor on your ideas and priorities, particularly on the best way to proactively combat the rise of the Far Right.

The panel will comprise of the following:

 Sajid Shaikh 

 Trish Lavelle 

 Dave Ward 

 Sharon Pratt 

 Ian Taylor 

 Winston Richards 

We are also providing branches/delegates with the additional facility of submitting questions in writing prior to the Conference (up until 5pm on Monday 21st January, should you wish to do so)

You will see from the above that this session has been scheduled to maximize participation and continue to build understanding on the Redesign approach to our Equality/BAME.

Finally we look forward to seeing all branches and delegates at the Conference.

Yours sincerely


Trish Lavelle – Head of Education, Training & Equal Opps   Dave Ward – General Secretary

19LTB029 – Black Workers Conference 2019

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Message from Dave Joyce


Can you inform kindly all the Eastern Regional H&S Forum Reps that I’ll be on BBC Essex Radio Breakfast Show at 8:05am tomorrow Saturday tomorrow talking about the Low Level Letter Box Campaign and the recent Private Members Bill on the subject which was passed on Wednesday


Dave Joyce

National H,S&E Officer



Further to LTB 010/19 dated 8th January. A three hour debate took place in Westminster Hall last Thursday 10th January regarding the Post Office’s ill-conceived franchising plans. 

Lisa Nandy, MP for Wigan, who initiated the debate, opened the meeting with a strong message for Kelly Tolhurst the BEIS Minister with responsibility for Post Office. Lisa Nandy questioned why Wigan Crown Office, which has been at its town centre site for 134 years, can have survived two world wars and a global financial crash and yet it can’t survive three years of Tory government.

Over 25 MPs participated in the debate, and a key feature of many of their contributions was the condemnation of the Post Office’s privatisation plans per se and also disbelief surrounding the choice of franchise partner – WHSmith which has been voted the worst or second worst retailer on the high street by Which magazine for the last 8 years in a row. Questions were repeatedly asked as to why the government would allow Post Office to waste millions of pounds of public money (in pursuit of TUPE avoidance) to pay off our members and give this excellent public service away to an ailing retailer.

There was also strong criticism over the lack of meaningful public consultation and the Minister was questioned over why the public is not consulted over the principle and concept of franchising the Crown Office to WHSmith, but just on the narrow issues such as accessibility. There were references to a comment made by Roger Gale, Network & Sales Director at the recent APPG for Post Office meeting in which he stated that the franchising strategy was “a commercial decision for us alone”, which consequently renders the “consultation” a sham. 

Many MPs called upon the government to instruct the Post Office to suspend its franchise programme and Lisa Nandy summed up with a crucial message to the Minister in her speech as follows:

“I ask the Minister today to place a moratorium on the franchising programme and to bring together stakeholders for a conversation about how to grow the business and make the Post Office fit for future challenges, rather than selling off one of our most valued public services to a failing retailer.”

Disappointingly but unsurprisingly the Minister responded by stating:

“As the Minister, I will not call on Post Office Ltd to stop the franchising process, but I will work with it to ensure that it delivers its business in the best way possible and benefits our communities.”


The Westminster Hall debate was extremely well attended given the current demands on MP’s time in relation to Brexit, although it was disappointing to note the distinct lack of Conservative MPs who failed to attend despite a significant number being affected by Crown Office franchising within their constituencies.

The Minister came under pressure to hold the Post Office to account and to meet again with a group of MPs to listen to their concerns. She agreed to “listen, hold Post Office Ltd to account and take those things forward.” 

The Hansard transcript from the debate can be accessed by using the following link:

Video messages supporting the Save Our Post Office campaign on the day of the debate are also available:

Thank you for your continued support in this crucial campaign. Further developments will be reported.

Yours sincerely


Andy Furey – Assistant Secretary                       

Terry Pullinger – DGS(P)              

Dave Ward – General Secretary

19LTB017 Post Office – Save Our Post Office – Westminster Hall Debate

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