036 Courses being held in Portsmouth
037 Domestic Violence Course - York
038 Harassment Complaints Database: Union Policy
039 Mandatory Equality & Diversity Training
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LETTERS TO BRANCHES
108 02/02/11 Supply Chains Benchmarking - Grace Mitchell
109 02/02/11 Clic Sergeant - Billy Hayes
110 03/02/11 Election of: CWU General Secretary - 2011; CWU Assistant Secretary - Postal (Parcelforce/RM Logistics) - 2011; CWU Assistant Secretary - TFS - 2011 - Tony Kearns
111 03/02/11 Openreach - Inclement Weather - Ian Cuthbert
112 03/02/11 Openreach - On Call Allowances - Ian Cuthbert
113 03/02/11 Romec Cleaners' Payroll System - Bob Gibson
114 04/02/11 Openreach Contribution Time - Former Network Field Operations Members - Ian Cuthbert
115 03/02/11 POL: Pay 2010 & 2011 and Future of the Crown Office Network - Andy Furey
116 07/02/11 Consultation Document - CD233 - Proposed Amendment to the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 1995 (RIDDOR) - Dave Joyce
117 08/02/11 Openreach Service Recovery - Contractors - Ian Cuthbert
118 08/02/11 CWU 'Bite-Back' Campaign to Change Dangerous Dogs Act - Joint CWU/RSPCA letter to MPs and Lords - Dave Joyce
119 08/02/11 CWU Con-Dem Coalition Cuts - Linda Roy
120 09/02/11 Motion 65 - 2010 T&FS Annual Conference - CWU BT Contact Centre Work Place Stress Survey - Dave Joyce/Andy Kerr
121 09/02/11 Get Active and Stay Active with Work Fit 2011 - Dave Joyce
122 09/02/11 TUC Safety Rep Award 2011 - (TUC Congress Awards) - Dave Joyce
123 09/02/11 Emails to Membership - John East
124 09/02/11 Social Media - Grace Mitchell
125 09/02/11 Keep the Post Public Campaign: Postal Services Bill & Future Rallies & Marches - Billy Hayes/Dave Ward
Courses being held in Portsmouth
Branches are asked to submit application forms for the following courses being held in Portsmouth.
Monday 21 - Friday 25 March 2011: Postal Agreements & Procedures
Tuesday 29 March 2011: One Day Equality & Diversity
Monday 9 - Friday 13 May 2011: Union Skills 1
Domestic Violence Course - York
We have organised a Domestic Violence course to be held in York and are asking for nominations from branches in the region.
The course is being held in the regional office in York from:
Monday 10 - Wednesday 12 October 2011
Please note that this course attracts unpaid special leave.
Harassment Complaints Database: Union Policy
Branches are again reminded of the need to fill in the Harassment Complaints Database (HCD) forms, as illustrated in LTB 450/04.
Please ensure that all representatives have a copy of LTB 450/04 as it contains useful guidance as well as the form itself. Branches may also find LTB 289/04 useful which contains information on the Harassment Helpline and the Harassment Advice Network as well as the HCD. The completion of the HCD forms is part of our agreement with the Equal Opportunities Commission and is, therefore, CWU policy (the full agreement can be found in LTB 292/04).
The Equal Opportunities Commission has raised concerns with us regarding the completion rate, which we need to address, otherwise we will fall foul of the agreement. Therefore, please ensure that any complaint raised with branch representatives by members that involves possible harassment should be notified to HQ via these forms.
We appreciate that this will add to an already busy work schedule for those representatives that have the responsibility for completing them, but there is no scope for non-compliance.
We must accept that this will become an accepted culture in terms of harassment reporting. The data that will come through to HQ will be vital in enabling us to analyse and identify any obvious patterns where problems exist. We extend our appreciation to all those branches already complying with the policy and look forward to the co-operation of all branches in this matter.
Any enquiries about this paragraph should be addressed to Linda Roy, Equality Officer.
Mandatory Equality & Diversity Training
Branch secretaries are requested to ensure that any person in their branch who has CWU representative responsibilities and has not yet completed their mandatory equality & diversity training are enrolled in the courses that are planned throughout the regions in the forthcoming months.
All reps must do the training - this includes divisional reps, area reps, unit reps and branch officers. For clarification on dates please contact your regional secretary. The training has been running now for over three years and there are still a substantial number of reps who have not completed the training.
Your co-operation in this matter is greatly appreciated.
Equal Opportunities Department.
IER Events till March 2011 - Notice from the Institute of Employment Rights
We now have finalised details of all of our events happening in London and Liverpool till March next year: London; Race, Racism and the Workplace - Wednesday, 19 January, 2011, London; Liverpool: What now for Trade Unions? - Tuesday, 8 February, 2011, Liverpool; Equal Pay Act at 40: Over the Hill or finally Picking up Speed? - Wednesday, 23 February, 2011, London; Grievance Procedures and Employment Tribunals: Casework Update - Tuesday, 22 March, 2011, London. For further information visit www.ier.org.uk
Saturday 12 March 2011: Keep the Post Public March and Rally in Gloucester. Congregate in Gloucester Park at 11am, march setting off at 11.30. The march will exit Gloucester Park and turn left into Park Road, at junction with Brunswick Road it will then turn right and walk towards Eastgate Street at the junction of Brunswick Road and Eastgate Street the march will then walk towards the cross into Westgate street where a rally with guest speakers will take place on the steps of Shire Hall. Speakers include: CWU SW Regional Secretary, CWU General Secretary, Tony Benn, SWTUC Regional Secretary and a number of speakers from the Anti-Cuts Organisations - individuals to be confirmed. The event is being advertised across the SW Region to CWU and Public Sector Unions/Anti-Cuts Organisations and Student Groups. Any queries on this should be addressed to the General Secretary's office at CWU headquarters.
Saturday 12 February 2011: Global Day of Action for Egypt. 12pm to 2pm in Trafalgar Square, London. Stand in solidarity with the people of Egypt and the wider Middle East and North Africa in their demands for an end to repression, for their freedom, their basic human rights, and immediate democratic reform. Stand in defiance against all those who try to suppress the growing movement of people standing up for their rights, and for decent work, facing down injustice and offering hope for a better world. Egyptian workers have long been repressed under three decades of President Hosni Mubarak's autocratic rule, suffering from worsening unemployment, particularly among the youth, and the denial of their basic rights at work, but with the uprising, they are throwing off the yoke of the state-controlled trade union movement, by recently declaring a new and independent national trade union centre. Stand in solidarity with this new union movement in its calls for democracy, and social and economic justice for the Egyptian people. Join the global day of action spearheaded by Amnesty International and the International Trade Union Confederation. Please show your solidarity and defiance by wearing black, white or red - the colours of the Egyptian flag. For more information visit www.amnesty.org.uk/egypt
Saturday 12 February 2011: CWU Youth Conference. Taking place at the Birmingham and District Amal Branch Offices, 48 Summer Lane, Birmingham. Any queries on this should be addressed to Simon Sappers office at CWU headquarters.
Saturday 12 February 2011: 60 Years Fighting the War on Want. UCU general secretary Sally Hunt speaks against the cuts. Mansoor Mirza launches War on Want's new report on Afghanistan. War on Want's 60th anniversary meeting. 10am to 1pm, at NUJ head office, 308 Gray's Inn Road, London WC1X 8DP. Free admission. All welcome.
Saturday 19 February 2011: Keep the Post Public. March and rally in Beeston, Nottingham. Assemble from 1pm (march will commence at 2pm). Place: Mail Centre, Padge Road, Beeston, Nottingham, NG9 2RR. Guest speakers include CWU General Secretary, Billy Hayes and Lilian Greenwood, Labour MP for Nottingham South. For more information contact Darren Glebocki on 07772 476270 or the Nottingham Branch Office on 01159 518362.
Saturday 19 March 2011: Keep the Post Public Hastings and Brighton March & Rally. Will be held in Hastings town centre at 09:00 - 11:00. Marquee, music, stall & guest speakers. Open top KTPP bus will depart Hastings at 11.00 to Brighton. For more information on Hastings contact contact John Soanes 07990 73304. Brighton March & Rally - Assemble The Level 12.30 - 13.15. 13.15 march along the proposed route, avoiding Western Rd. 14.15 return to The Level for rally with guest speakers and music (TBA). Event ends approximately 16:00. For more information on the Brighton march and rally contact Richard Jones on 07931 682996 or David Chivers on 07941 874745.
Saturday 26 February 2011 at 2pm "Venezuela Shows that Free Education for all is Possible". Supported by Academics for Venezuela. Guest speaker: Ambassador Samuel Moncada, Former Minister of Higher Education in the Venezuelan Government. British Venezuela specialists to be announced. Currently, over 2 million Venezuelans are in higher education, compared to 600,000 in 1998, making Venezuela the country with the second largest percentage of students in HE in the region. Since the Chávez government came to power, thirteen new universities have been created and over 1,600 university communities have been set up, which enable people to study close to where they live.
Saturday 26 March 2011: March for the Alternative: Jobs, Growth, Justice.Location Assemble Victoria Embankment, 11am to march to a rally in Hyde Park. Deep spending cuts damage public services, hit the vulnerable and threaten recovery. They're dangerous, unfair and unnecessary. But there's an alternative - one that's fair, safe and sustainable: A Robin Hood tax on the banks; Close tax loopholes; Policies for jobs and green growth. For more information visit www.tuc.org.uk/alltogether
Monday 4 April 2011: Eastern Region Retired Members Section Committee Annual General Meeting. Will commence at 11-15am at London Region Offices 33/41 Dallington Street London EC1V 0BB. Any queries or information required contact Eastern Region Retired Members Secretary Nobby Clark on mobile 07713 155575.
Sunday 22 May to Thursday 26 May 2011: CWU Conference. Bournemouth.
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