050 North West Regional Courses
051 Harassment Complaints Database: Union Policy
052 Mandatory Equality & Diversity Training
HEALTH AND SAFETY
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053 BT Operate: First Group Contract Expiry
054 BT Operate: Field Engineering - December 2010 Sick Report
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LETTERS TO BRANCHES
160 16/02/11 CAP Gemini Data Network and Security Services Potential TUPE - Colin O'Callaghan
161 17/02/11 Openreach - Flex Pilot - Exeter - Ian Cuthbert
162 17/02/11 Annual Report - Tony Kearns
163 17/02/11 BT Operate: Field Engineering Redeployee Selection and Moves to Openreach - Brian Healy
164 17/02/11 Keep the Post Public Campaign: Postal Services Bill & Other Matters - Dave Ward/Billy Hayes
165 17/02/11 Motion 55 Annual Conference 2010 - Billy Hayes
166 18/02/11 List of CWU Courses attracting Paid Release from Royal Mail Group - Trish Lavelle
167 18/02/11 List of CWU Courses attracting Paid/Unpaid Release from BT Group - Trish Lavelle
168 18/02/11 Get Active and Stay Active with Work Fit 2011 - Dave Joyce
169 18/02/11 Building Tomorrow Together Update - Andy Kerr/John East
170 21/02/11 Correction to LTB 164/11 - Keep the Post Public Campaign: Postal Services Bill & other Matters - Dave Ward/Billy Hayes
171 21/02/11 Cervical Cancer - Launch of New Helpline - Dave Joyce
172 21/02/11 Cervical Cancer Prevention Week: 23 - 29 January 2011 - Dave Joyce
173 21/02/11 Global Services Move to PS&D - Colin O'Callaghan
174 21/02/11 BT Global Services - Redeployment Statistics January 2011 (Audio Call 21 February 2011) - Colin O'Callaghan
175 22/02/11 BT Comprise Agreements - Grace Mitchell
176 22/02/11 BT Asbestos Management Co-ordination Committee - Dave Joyce
177 22/02/11 TUC March for the Alternative - Tony Kearns
178 22/02/11 Special Rules Revision Conference - Tony Kearns
179 22/02/11 CWU Sponsored Pension Schemes - Tony Kearns
180 22/02/11 Keep the Post Public March and Rally at the Liberal Democrat' Spring Conference - Billy Hayes
181 22/02/11 BT Innovate and Design/BT Operate Branch Forum - Thursday 14 April 2011 - Brian Healy
182 22/02/11 BT Group and Sandwell Borough Council Regeneration - Brian Healy
183 22/02/11 Organisational Changes in BT Operate - Brian Healy
184 22/02/11 BT Operate: Field Engineering Positive Selection Age Profile - Brian Healy
185 22/02/11 BT Operate: First Group Contract Expiry and First Great Western - Brian Healy
186 23/02/11 Parcelforce Unit Cost Bonus Scheme - Terry Pullinger
North West Regional Courses
Branches are asked to submit application forms for the following courses being held in the North West region.
These are being held in the North Lancs & Cumbria Branch Office, 75 Garstang Road, Preston PR1 1LD:
ULR Part 1: 11 - 15 April
MTSF: 20 - 21 April
These are being held in the Merseyside Amal Branch Office, 47 Seymour Terrace, Liverpool L3 5PE:
MTSF: 6 - 7 April
Union Skills 1: 11 - 15 April
Postal Agreements & Procedures: 9 - 13 May
H&S Stage 1: 16 - 20 May
H&S Stage 2: 13 - 17 June
Union Skills 2: 20 - 24 June
These are being held in the North West Central Amal Branch Office, Mowbray House, Mowbray Street, Stockport SK1 3EJ:
Union Skills 1: 28 March - 1 April
MTSF: 11 - 12 April
Postal Agreements & Procedures: 9 - 13 May
These are being held in the Greater Manchester Amal Branch Office, 302a Barlow Moor Road, Chorlton Park, Manchester M21 8AY:
H&S Stage 1: 21 - 25 March
H&S Stage 2: 11 - 15 April
MTSF: 18 - 19 April
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.
BT Operate: First Group Contract Expiry
The attached documentation is that which is received by new employees who have been TUPE'd into Computacentre.
This is a standard generic document and has not been designed specifically for those that will TUPE into the company as a result of the First Group contract having been lost by BT.
11BOB007 t053 BT Operate - First Group Contract Expiry
BT Operate: Field Engineering - December 2010 Sick Report
The union's BT Operate Executive Team continues to monitor sick leave reports and the application of management's process in this area.
The following is a summary of the situation as it stood at the end of December 2010:
- Sickness Cost - Significantly increased by £40.6k (23.6%) v November, mainly due to absences attributable to colds and influenza increasing from 253 days in November to 587 in December (or £18.2k to £47.4k). Nonetheless, YTD total stands at £1,659.7k, £522.7k (24.0%) still down from December 2009 YTD total of £2,182.4k.
- % Days Lost - Similarly significantly increased, by 0.42% from November, to 2.60%. The comparative position at December 2009 was 2.81% and the current, YTD level of 2.36% remains lower than the 2009-10, full-year outturn of 2.61%.
- RTW Discussions - 94.86% took place, against a target of 100%, down 1.38% v November (96.24%) but still the second best result YTD and with 11 of the 30 unaddressed triggers being issued in the popular leave period, 20 to 31 December.
- Informal Discussions - 90.83% took place, against a target of >90%, up 5.03% versus November (85.80%), a fifth consecutive month of improvement.
- Initial Formal Warning - Small base volumes for this metric deliver wide percentile variations, though triggers issued in December quadrupled to 31 from just 8 in November. Recorded case volumes, though also up, failed to match that degree of increase in percentile terms, moving down 8.47%, from 37.50% (November) to 29.03% (December). Cases not acted upon at all increased from 25.0% to 38.71%, though 5 of the 12 cases involved were triggered in the popular leave period, 20 to 31 December.
- 30+ Days Sick Absence - Increased by 5 days to 38, from 33 in November. This includes 11 newly 30+ cases, with 6 of November's cases cleared. In the extended absence categories, 90+ is up 2 at 17, 180+ is up from 4 to 8, and 365+ cases are up from 1 to 4.
- Mental Health Absences - Down from 20.30% in November to 19.60% in December, with absences attributed to "Other" also decreased, from 17.1% to 13.0%. However, these decreases are materially affected by the much higher levels of absence attributable to colds and influenza, where total days lost rose from 2,096 to 2,558, driven by a 334-day increase in cold and influenza absences but also presenting a 76-day increase in mental health absences, though "Other" was down by 26 days.
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 26 March 2011: March for the Alternative: Jobs, Growth, Justice. Assemble Victoria Embankment at 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
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.
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 the following: What is communication?, the 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.
Sunday 22 May to Thursday 26 May 2011: CWU Conference. Bournemouth.
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