GENERAL 
040 Union Learning Reps Part 2 Course 
041 Equal Rights Part 2 Course 
042 CWU and the Environment - Raising Awareness 
043 North West Regional Courses 
044 Branch Secretaries Training - Reminder 
045 CWU Mandatory Equality and Diversity Course - Online Course 

EQUAL OPPORTUNITIES 
046 Harassment Complaints Database: Union Policy 
047 Mandatory Equality & Diversity Training 

HEALTH AND SAFETY 
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TELECOMS 
048 BT Operate: Lead to Cash Service Delivery - Quarter 4 Efficiency 
049 BT Operate: Service Assurance Volume Service Resourcing and Organisational Design 

POSTAL 
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LETTERS TO BRANCHES 
126 09/02/11 Dangers of Binge Drinking - Linda Roy
127 10/02/11 Public Pension and Consumer Price Index RPI to CPI - Billy Hayes
128 10/02/11 CWU Black Workers Conference - Agenda - Tony Kearns 
129 10/02/11 ISS Eaton - Pay Review 2010 - O2 Contract - Sally Bridge

130 10/02/11 Openreach Service Recovery - Ian Cuthbert 
131 10/02/11 ACLT Charity in Crisis - Linda Roy

132 10/02/11 Area Distribution Mail Centre - Revised Managerial Structure - Phil Browne, Acting Assistant Secretary
133 10/02/11 BT Global Services Forum - 17 February 2011 - Colin O'Callaghan
134 11/02/11 Parcelforce Depot Trainer Agreement - Terry Pullinger
135 11/02/11 Keep the Post Public Early Day Motion and Future Events - Billy Hayes
136 11/02/11 Telereal Trillium BT Services Contract - Colin O'Callaghan
137 11/02/11 POL: Pay 2010 & 2011 and Future of the Crown Office Network - Andy Furey 
138 11/02/11 Parcelforce Internex CN3 Scanners Agreement - Terry Pullinger

139 11/02/11 POL Admin Grades - Pay Agreement Ballot Results - Andy Furey
140 11/02/11 Default Retirement Age - Ray Ellis 
141 11/02/11 BT Global Services - TUPEs - Colin O'Callaghan

142 11/02/11 TUC March for the Alternative - Tony Kearns
143 14/02/11 Election Material 2011 Poll Cards - Bob Gibson
144 14/02/11 Cycle and HCT Maintenance - Dave Joyce/Bob Gibson
145 14/02/11 Branch Youth Officers' Forum - Friday 25 March 2011 - Graham Colk, Acting Assistant Secretary
146 14/02/11 IDAHO - Linda Roy
147 14/02/11 BT - Homeworking Policy Review - Colin O'Callaghan 
148 15/02/11 The All Together Campaign against Spending Cuts - Billy Hayes

149 15/02/11 Industrial Action Ballot at iPSL - Nigel Cotgrove
150 15/02/11 POL: Pay 2010 & 2011 and Future of the Crown Office Network - Urgent Information - Ballot for Industrial Action - Andy Furey
151 15/02/11 Census 2011 - Bob Gibson 
152 15/02/11 Romec Cleaners' Payroll System - Bob Gibson

153 16/02/11 Scottish TUC Conference 2011 - Tony Kearns 
154 16/02/11 Election of CWU Regional Secretary - South East Region 2011 - Tony Kearns

155 16/02/11 Postal Services Bill: Second Reading in the House of Lords - Billy Hayes/Dave Ward
156 16/02/11 BT Ireland - Project Willow and Working Together 156 - Ian Cuthbert
157 16/02/11 UNI Youth Winter School - John Baldwin
158 16/02/11 Young Trade Unionists - Cuba - John Baldwin
159 16/02/11 BT Operate: CTC and Annual Leave - Brian Healy

GENERAL 

040 
Union Learning Reps Part 2 Course 
This the second part of our essential course for all CWU Union Learning Representatives and is of five days duration. 
This course is aimed at all CWU ULRs. During the five day programme you will receive a thorough grounding in:

  • Negotiating for learning
  • Analysing workplace learning needs
  • Meeting Skills
  • Meeting the learning needs of your members
  • Campaigning skills
  • Planning a learning strategy
  • Learning and organising

This course is designed to ensure that everyone gets the chance to participate fully through working in small groups, taking part in group discussions, role play and practical exercises. 
You do not need to have any qualifications or previous experience to attend this course. 

Release 

ULRs have a legal right to attend training courses. Please note that this course attracts paid release from BT, Openreach, Virgin Media, Parcelforce, Post Office Limited, Romec, O2 and Royal Mail Group. 

Dates 

The following residential ULR Part 2 course is currently scheduled to take place at the CWU education and training centre at Alvescot Lodge. 

11 - 15 July 2011 
Closing date for applications - Thursday 26 May 

We particularly encourage branches to nominate women, ethnic minorities, people with disabilities and young members who are often under-represented on the CWU education and training programme. 
All courses at Alvescot are residential. The cost of tuition, food and accommodation will be met from the general fund. Branches are expected to meet the cost of travelling and subsistence payments. Branches requiring financial assistance from the general fund to enable them to send students to the course must submit the request with the nomination, to enable the trustees to consider the request in time. 
Application forms should be returned to Trish Lavelle, Head of Education & Training, CWU Education & Training Centre, Alvescot Lodge, Alvescot, Bampton, Oxon OX18 2PY. Telephone:01993 843373; Fax: 01993 840960; email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

041 
Equal Rights Part 2 Course 
The second part of the essential five day course for CWU activists who wish to increase their knowledge of Equality. 
This course is aimed at all CWU representatives, particularly those who deal with equality issues for their Branch. During the five day programme you will receive a thorough grounding in: 

  • Discrimination at work
  • Discrimination - the legal framework
  • Developing negotiating skills
  • Negotiating for equality
  • Race issues in the workplace
  • Religion issues in the workplace
  • Sexual orientation issues in the workplace
  • Domestic violence awareness
  • Action planning

This course is designed to ensure that everyone gets the chance to participate fully through working in small groups, taking part in group discussions, role play and practical exercises. You do not need to have any qualifications or previous experience to attend this course. 

Release 

Please note that this course attracts paid release from BT, Openreach, Virgin Media, Parcelforce, Post Office Limited, Romec, O2 and Royal Mail Group. 

Dates 

The following residential Equal Rights Part 2 course is currently scheduled to take place at the CWU education and training centre at Alvescot Lodge. 

11 - 15 July 2011 
Closing date for applications - Thursday 26 May 

Application forms should be returned to Trish Lavelle, Head of Education & Training, CWU Education & Training Centre, Alvescot Lodge, Alvescot, Bampton, Oxon OX18 2PY. Telephone:01993 843373; Fax: 01993 840960; email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

042 
CWU and the Environment - Raising Awareness 
The CWU's unique course for all activists, who have an interest in environmental issues. This will also be of help to health and safety representatives. 
The course is delivered over a five day residential week and is at aimed all activists. 
During the five day programme you will receive a thorough grounding in: 

  • Environmental definitions
  • Trade unions and the environment
  • Taking responsibility
  • Getting involved in environmental issues
  • Environmental management systems
  • Identifying standards
  • The employer's view
  • Your workplace and the environment
  • Planning an environmental impact inspection
  • Campaigning on the environment
  • Getting members involved


This course is designed to ensure that everyone gets the chance to participate fully through working in small groups, taking part in group discussions, role play and practical exercises. 

Release 

Please note that this course attracts paid release from BT, Openreach, Virgin Media, Parcelforce, Post Office Limited, Romec, O2 and Royal Mail Group. 

Dates 

The following residential CWU and the Environment course is currently scheduled to take place at the CWU education and training centre at Alvescot Lodge. 

18 - 22 July 2011 
Closing date for applications - Thursday 2 June 2011 

Application forms should be returned to Trish Lavelle, Head of Education & Training, CWU Education & Training Centre, Alvescot Lodge, Alvescot, Bampton, Oxon OX18 2PY. Telephone: 01993 843373; Fax: 01993 840960; email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

043 
North West Regional Courses 
Branches are asked to submit application forms for the following courses being held in the North West region.

Union Skills 1: 28 March - 1 April 2011 - Preston 
Union Skills 1: 4 - 8 April 2011 - Preston 
Postal Agreements & Procedures: 9 - 13 May 2011 - Preston 
Postal Agreements & Procedures: 16 - 20 May 2011 - Preston 
Union Skills 2: 13 - 17 June 2011 - Preston 
Union Skills 2: 20 - 24 June 2011 - Preston 

Nominations should be made on an application form for union courses and returned toTrish Lavelle, Head of Education & Training, CWU Education & Training Centre, Alvescot Lodge, Alvescot, Bampton, Oxon OX18 2PY. Telephone: 01993 843373; Fax:01993 840960; email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

044 
Branch Secretaries Training - Reminder 
An essential three day course for CWU branch secretaries. 
This course is aimed at all CWU branch secretaries. During the three day programme you will receive a thorough grounding in:

  • Managing data
  • Mapping your branch
  • Using the CWU membership database
  • CWU policies on data
  • Using the database as a communications tool
  • Data protection and the law

This course is designed to ensure that everyone gets the chance to participate fully through working in small groups, taking part in group discussions, role play and practical exercises. 

Release 

This course does not attract paid release from the employers that we work with. 

Dates

The following Branch Secretaries course is currently scheduled to take place at the CWU education and training centre at Alvescot Lodge. 

18 - 20 April 2011
Closing date for applications - Thursday 3 March 

Application forms should be returned to Trish Lavelle, Head of Education & Training, CWU Education & Training Centre, Alvescot Lodge, Alvescot, Bampton, Oxon OX18 2PY. Telephone:01993 843373; Fax: 01993 840960; email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

045 
CWU Mandatory Equality and Diversity Course - Online Course 
Branches are invited to submit applications to the Education and Training Department for an online version of the mandatory CWU Equality and Diversity course which has to be undertaken by all CWU representatives. 
This online course will start on Tuesday 31 May 2011 and students should be prepared to spend a minimum of three hours per week, for three consecutive weeks, undertaking activities on the course, which will be completed by Tuesday 21 June 2011
Full online tutorial support will be provided and the course will be fully accredited in line with CWU policy. 
This online course is aimed at representatives who fall into one of the following categories: 

  • Work in an unrecognised area and therefore have no access to release from the employer
  • Live and work in a geographically remote area where the prospect of running a viable classroom based course is unlikely
  • Have an access or educational need that would make online learning preferable
  • Have caring responsibilities that make a classroom based course preferable

Prospective students should have ready access to an internet connection and a computer with web browser and a basic word processor or text editor such as Microsoft Word. 
They should also be familiar with basic computing operations such as: 

  • Web browsing
  • Using internet forums
  • Using search engines such as Google
  • Sending and receiving emails
  • Simple file management
  • Creating and editing basic text documents

Where the union is recognised for collective bargaining by the employer this course should attract nine hours paid release in line with what is provided for equivalent classroom based courses. 

The closing date for applications is Thursday 28 April 2011
Application form attached. 

Application forms should be returned to Trish Lavelle, Head of Education & Training, CWU Education & Training Centre, Alvescot Lodge, Alvescot, Bampton, Oxon OX18 2PY. Telephone:01993 843373; Fax: 01993 840960; email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

EQUAL OPPORTUNITIES 

046 
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. 

047 
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. 

TELECOMS 

048 
BT Operate: Lead to Cash Service Delivery - Quarter 4 Efficiency 
The union has been advised that UK Service Delivery intends to reduce resourcing levels supporting its existing product base by 39 team member posts over the next three months. 
It is intended that this will be achieved by two methods. 

1. Pre-deployment into new skills and valued services throughout BT Operate (33 TMs) 
2. Moving people to the BT Operate Transition Centre (6 TMs). 

Table 1 gives a summary of the efficiency numbers of FTE to be reduced during February and March. 

Table 1 

Team FTE impacted Location Pre-deployment BT Operate Transition Centre 
20C Job Control 9 C3 Ilford 9 
1 B2 Ilford 1 
UK Planning Teams 12 C3 Multiple sites throughout the UK 12 
SGMU 2 C3 Dundee 1 
ELF & 20C Job Control 1 C2 Wolverhampton 2 
1 B2 
Embark 10 C3 Leicester 10 
OSEA Configuration 1 C3 Sevenoaks 1 
Order Management 1 D1 2 C2 Birmingham and home workers 3 

The underlying reasons and enablers for Featurenet and ISDN30 team are as follows: 
By reorganising the Featurenet and ISDN30 work in Ilford and Worthing, UK Service Delivery is able to pre-deploy and reskill 9 of its 21 Ilford Job Controllers to deliver Ethernet Backhaul Delivery (EBD) circuits in support of the significant increased orders being placed by Openreach. 
Selection will be achieved by the movement of the ISDN30 Job Control into Worthing thereby releasing five C3s. Management will seek volunteers from the remaining 16 team members to fill the outstanding four C3 pre-deployment opportunities. If management have too many volunteers they will utilise the BT Operate selection process. 
This further augments previously briefed plans of increasing the team size in Exeter and Romford. 
The B2 role will be ceased in Ilford and the work will be subsumed into the Watford Featurenet office that comprises of twenty C3s. The team member will move to the BT Operate Transition Centre, unless management are able to identify a suitable pre-deployment opportunity. 
MEAS Radio Planning is a new additional transmission medium that has been recently launched in support of the continued high growth in Managed Ethernet Access Services (MEAS). 
Through the reorganisation of the teams and their geographical patches of responsibilities, UK Service Delivery is able to pre-deploy 12 of its team members into the MEAS Radio Planning area. Volunteers will initially be sought from the full team member community (around 100 FTE), followed by a selection process should this be required. The new roles can be located anywhere and management are hoping to achieve a good geographical spread of team members skilled in MEAS Radio Planning. 
The Switch Gateway Management Unit (SGMU) comprises of a team of twenty four team members located in various locations around the UK. 
Continuing automation and service manufacturing techniques within this virtual unit have created an excess capacity of two team members. As part of the site rationalisation plans and the pre-deployment opportunity for at least one of the two team members, SGMU work in Dundee is being reduced by one FTE at this time, with the view of it being closed fully in the next financial year. 
A review of the Early Life Failure (ELF) and 20C Job Control teams made up of 10 and 12 team members respectively has identified close synergies and potential economies of scale and the opportunity to cross-skill best practice across both teams. 
Early Life Failure analysis and 20C Job control roles are currently undertaken by C3 grade team members with the exception of one C2 and one B2 grade. Against the job description these people are unable to complete the full range of duties and unable to provide support for C3s during periods of absence and leave. The work being undertaken by the C2 and B2 roles can be subsumed into the C3 roles as part of their regular duties. The C2 and B2 team members will therefore move to the BT Operate Transition Centre, unless management are able to find pre-deployment opportunities. 
The growth of Ethernet products and MEAS Radio Planning continues to be very high, requiring additional team members in the Ethernet Network Delivery Management (NDM) and MEAS Planning work areas. 
Order volume forecasts for the Embark product indicate a reducing profile giving management the opportunity to re-skill the Leicester team members into these two 21C areas. Management propose to run a selection of the whole team in order to select four C3s to move into MEAS Radio Planning. The remaining six C3s will be pre-deployed into the Ethernet NDM opportunities. Management will also consider preferences from the team for the two roles. 
In order to facilitate this move, the Embark work will be consolidated into the larger Brighton team of 18 C3s. To mitigate the risk of unforeseen Embark growth, two C3s who were planned to move to the BT Operate Transition Centre in December 2010 have been retained. Additionally, the remaining three C3s performing Large Switch Configuration work will have their roles ceased and the work will be subsumed into a larger team of twenty C3s in Taunton. These 3 C3s will also be pre-deployed into Embark configuration thereby increasing this Brighton team to twenty C3s. 
Openreach are increasing their requirements of Lead to Cash Service Delivery to support their customers who are required to move large amounts of data between their sites. 
As a consequence management will ask for a volunteer from the Sevenoaks team who is prepared to relocate to Orpington, Kent. If no one volunteers then they will look to select from those individuals located close to Orpington. Management are aware that some of the team are located in this area and are therefore hopeful that this will be seen as an opportunity for one of the team to reduce their travelling time. 
As part of an efficiency reduction plan within BT Operate Lead to Cash and within the Order Management community (OMI for Global Services orders), management have identified activity which can be ceased and any remaining work absorbed across the wider unit by end February 2011. All three people were transferred from GS under Project Jigsaw and are the only remaining administration roles in the unit. All other roles are directly customer facing. 
As a result of this review, management have identified the following standalone roles which can be 'role ceased' from 1 March 2011: 

A D1 team member post in Birmingham currently responsible for supporting customer complaint investigation, root cause analysis for RFT and other ad hoc activities related to the investigation of failures and identifying improvements. Management propose that the majority of the workload can now be ceased, the remainder absorbed by the current Expedites team within OMI. 

Two C2 team member posts (part-time homeworkers) - these two support roles assist on a variety of duties i.e. currently responsible for maintaining the OMI procedural handbook on the internet, supporting new product and process changes and general support for ongoing improvement initiatives. This work can be ceased in all cases where it is project related, or in small part absorbed by the current OMI team. 

The three team members will move to BT Operate's transition centre on 24 February 2011, unless management are able to pre-deploy ahead of this time. 
Brian Healy 
Assistant Secretary 

049 
BT Operate: Service Assurance Volume Service Resourcing and Organisational Design 
Service Assurance has given notice of an efficiency challenge needed to release a further five people from quarter 4 during February. 
Management have started the cross training within the London based teams after centralising teams from Brentwood and Croydon and are now looking to shape the VSOC South to support the future business requirements and customer needs. They state customers require a far more flexible service from BT Operate e.g. Openreach requiring a more flexible service as they are now working on standard patterns that cover into the early evening/Saturdays causing increased demand that needs to be matched. 
There are to be three day-based multi skilled teams primarily looking at ISDN30, PCR and X25/Sector. These will be made up from an even skill distribution of the current Colombo and Keybridge based teams. Each team's manager will be responsible for their multi function team but also be a single product lead. 
There will also be an International PCR/NEWD team which will be based on a double day rota pattern ensuring adequate cover between the hours of 07.00 - 21.00hrs Monday - Saturday. Management will also look to expand this double day capacity to cover ISDN30, PCR, FNet, Inbound and X25/Sector. This team could eventually be approximately 16-20 people incorporating people from the current day based teams. 
Management state that they will continue to review attendance patterns to ensure they meet customer demand and align with work volumes. This is likely to include a move towards greater double day and straight day patterns. 
Colombo House is to be the home of a fully co-located VSOC South team. 
We have advised management that this is a matter to be discussed locally with regards to attendance patterns and selection. 
Brian Healy 
Assistant Secretary 

EVENTS BULLETIN 

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 

Thursday 17 February 2011: Demonstration at the Mexican Embassy. To be held at 16 St. George Street, London, W1S 1FD at 13:00. The demonstration is called as part of the Global Union Federations' (UNI, IMF, ICEM, ITF) week of actions to protest against the continuing violation of labour rights in Mexico. In particular the event is to draw attention to the 5th anniversary of the explosion at the Pasta De Conchos mine on 19 February 2006, in which 65 miners were killed. Rather than hold the company to account the Mexican Government continues to persecute the miners and electrical workers' unions, such that the leader of 'Los Mineros' Napoleon Gomez is now in forced exile in Canada, while some of his colleagues remain in jail. More recently leaders of the North American Steelworkers' union - the USW - were arrested when trying to visit colleagues from the Miners' union. It is vitally important that we increase the pressure on the Mexican Government (which remains a key part of the NAFTA agreement) to refrain from interfering in union elections and to respect basic labour rights to organise and bargain collectively. We hope you will join us on this symbolic demonstration. 

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 on07772 476270 or the Nottingham Branch Office on 01159 518362

Saturday 19 February 2011: Amnesty International UK - Europe: In, Out or Somewhere Inbetween? The Human Rights Action Centre, 17-25 New Inn Yard, London EC2A 3EA. Only a few days left till our Fabian & European Commission conference on 19 February. Join us as we interrogate which vision of Britain's future relationship with Europe is right for us. This unique event will challenge pro-European and Eurosceptic voices to make their case. What principles should decide the European question and who will be persuade the British public? Highlights include... In-conversation with Baroness Shirley Williams; After the crisis: what next for Europe? with Claude Moraes MEP, David Nichols (Amnesty International), Alexandra Pardal (Foreign Policy Centre); The Sceptics Vision: What happens if we pull out? with Nigel Farage MEP (UKIP), Ben Shimson (BritainThinks), Denis MacShane MP (Former Europe Minister); Question time with Wayne David MP (Shadow Europe Minister), David Goodhart (Editor at large, Prospect), Mark Reckless MP (Conservative), and Ute Michel (Green Party). To purchase a ticket please visit:www.fabians.org.uk Alternatively call Phil Mutero on 020 7227 4903 Tickets costs £10 for members and £10 for non-members plus a 6 month Fabian membership. (Lunch will be provided to delegates and is included in the ticket price). 

Wednesday 23 February 2011: Equal Pay Act at 40: Over the Hill or Finally Picking up Speed? 09:30-14:15. To be held at NUT Hamilton House, Mabledon Place, London WC1H 9BD. 2010 marked the 40th anniversary of the Equal Pay Act. Despite 40 years of the act and last year's marginal narrowing of the gender pay gap - the full time mean gender pay gap is currently 16.4 per cent; the part-time gender pay gap an eye-watering 35%. Decent wages and careers are being sacrificed by women to combine work and family life. Cost IER subscribers and members £75.00, Trade unions £90.00 and Commercial £220.00. To reserve your place, contact the Institute of Employment Rights, 4th Floor, Jack Jones House, 1 Islington, Liverpool L3 8EG. Tel 0151 207 5265; fax 0151 207 5264This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Saturday 26 February 2011: CWU Black Workers' Conference. The CWU Black Workers' Conference will be held at CWU HQ, 150 The Broadway, Wimbledon, London SW19 1RX. Branches are entitled to send two delegates to the conference. The details of delegates should be included on the appropriate form that was attached to LTB 1017/10 and the completed form returned to head office no later than Thursday 16 December 2010. Any enquiries regarding this LTB should be addressed to Angela Niven either by post to head office or by email toThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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. Furthermore, the Venezuelan Constitution guarantees education as a human right and social duty, with the state being responsible for it. Venezuela now has the second largest percentage of students in higher education in the region. For more information on this event and the campaign visit Venezuela Solidarity Campaignwww.venezuelasolidarity.org.uk/vic Come to this event to find out more about Venezuela's inspiring example that proves free education for all is possible. Please register in advance for this event by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. For more information, contact Dr Francisco Dominguez at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Venezuelan Embassy, 1 Cromwell Road, London, SW7 2HW. 

Saturday 5 March 2011: Unions at Work: Resisting Attacks in the Workplace. Free admission (registration essential). Sertuc and The Institute of Employment Rights present: Unions at Work: Resisting Attacks in the Workplace. Speakers include: Dr Alan Bogg, Gail Cartmail (Unite), Prof. Keith Ewing, John Hendy QC and Prof. Aileen McColgan. Chaired by: Megan Dobney (Sertuc) and Carolyn Jones (IER). For more information contact: emailThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit www.ier.org.uk

Saturday 5 March 2011: Striking a Light: Celebrating Women in Trade Unions. An event to mark the centenary of International Women's Day to be held at the Working Class Movement Library, 51 Crescent Salford. This even is free. Speakers: Louise Raw and Lynn Collins. Chair: Bernadette Hyland. In the summer of 1888, 1,400 matchwomen walked out of the Bryant & May's factory and into history. The story of this unexpectedly successful strike is well-known; yet the matchwomen themselves are curiously silent in it. Louise's own experience as a trade union activist led her to question this version of events. In a ten-year search for the women behind the myths, she met and interviewed people who had known them and wrote a book Striking a Light, published in 2009. For more information visit www.wcml.org.uk email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.or telephone 0161 736 3601.

Monday 7 March 2011: TUC Celebrates International Women's Day. Time 18:00 to 20:30 at Congress House, Great Russell St, London, WC1B 3LS. On the 100th anniversary of International Women's Day the TUC will be highlighting the global fight back against the disproportionate impact that the global economic crisis has had on women all over the world. Women are more likely than men to be in vulnerable jobs, or to be unemployed, to lack social protection, and to have limited access to and control over financial resources. Women in both developed and developing countries are facing job cuts, lose of livelihoods, increased responsibilities in all areas of their life, and even an increased risk of facing violence. Speakers: Frances O'Grady, Deputy General Secretary, TUC; Yvette Cooper MP, Shadow Home Secretary and Minister for Women and Equalities; Fatima Del Rosario Herrera Olea SITAG (Agricultural Workers Union, Peru); Margaret Browne, Secretary of Women's Committee, Irish Congress of Trade Unions and President of the Irish Bank Officials Association and Pemba Lama, Deputy General Secretary of the General Federation of Nepalese Trade Unions. For more information please RSVP to Tanya Warlock on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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 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 on07941 874745

Tuesday 22 March 2011: Grievance Procedures and Employment Tribunals: Casework Update. This half day seminar will commence at 13:30-16:15 and will be held at NUT Hamilton House, Mabledon Place, London WC1H 9BD. Cost: IER subscribers and members £45.00,Trade unions £60.00, Commercial £120.00. To reserve your place contact the Institute of Employment Rights, 50-54 Mount Pleasant, Liverpool L3 5SD. Tel 0151 702 6925; Fax 0151 702 6935; emailThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

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 visitwww.tuc.org.uk/alltogether

Tuesday 29 March 2011: Panel Debate: Should we Bank on the Robin Hood Tax? St Paul's Institute, Tearfund, CAFOD and The Salvation Army have come together to host a panel debate in St Paul's Cathedral at 7.00pm. The debate will focus on whether or not, and the extent to which, the financial sector has a moral role to play in contributing to the common good. Public discussion on this topic has been stirred by the Robin Hood Tax campaign, which proposes an additional tax on the financial sector to raise billons of pounds that could be used to fight poverty and climate change both here and abroad. Speakers Evan Davis, well known economist and BBC presenter, will chair the debate which consists of panelists from different perspectives, including: Xavier Rolet, CEO of the London Stock Exchange; Michael Izza, CEO of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales; Rt. Revd. Peter Selby, former Bishop of Worcester and Baroness Shirley Williams, House of Lords. The event is free and non-ticketed. Doors open at 6.30pm for a 7.00pm start. For more information please contactThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or phone 020 7489 1011

Saturday 2 April 2011 - Sunday 3 April inclusive: TUC Young Members' Conference 2011.To be held at TUC, Congress House, London. The 2011 TUC Young Members Conference will take place over the weekend of April 2nd and 3rd at Congress House. Delegates and visitors require nomination by their respective unions. For further information please contact Carl Roper, TUC National Organiser on 020 7467 1290 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

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

Friday 8 - Sunday 10 April 2011: Weekend Course: CWU Diploma in Contemporary Trade Union. Why is union membership declining in the UK?, Is the 'organising' agenda working?, What now for the link between Labour and the unions?, What can we learn from our own history?, What does the class system really mean in 2010. The CWU will once again be offering our activists the chance to explore these and many other questions as you participate in the Certificate in Contemporary Trade Unionism. This course is aimed at helping experienced representatives to broaden their knowledge of trade union and labour history, analyse current issues for the movement and explore the opportunities for future development of trade unions. To apply, please complete a CWU application form signed by your branch secretary and send it to Maxine Todd, Course Administrator, CWU Education & Training Centre, Alvescot Lodge, Alvescot, Bampton, Oxon OX18 2PY or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Monday 11 - Friday 15 April 2011: CWU Training Course: Communication and Media Skills Course. The course is delivered over a five day residential week and is particularly useful for senior branch and IR activists. During the five day programme you will receive a thorough grounding in: What is communication?,anatomy of a campaign, effective campaigning, barriers to successful communications, How does the CWU communicate, Persuasive media, Newsworthy media, Preparing an article and much more. Please note that this course attracts unpaid release from BT, Openreach, Virgin Media, Parcelforce, Post Office Limited, Romec, O2 and Royal Mail Group. Closing date for applications - Thursday 24 February. Application forms should be addressed to: Trish Lavelle, Head of Education & Training, CWU Education & Training Centre, Alvescot Lodge, Alvescot, Bampton, Oxon OX18 2PY. Telephone: 01993 843373; Fax: 01993 840960; email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Sunday 22 May to Thursday 26 May 2011: CWU Conference. Bournemouth. 

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