296 Multiple Government Attacks Plotted
297 Harassment Complaints Database: Union Policy
298 Mandatory Equality & Diversity Training
HEALTH AND SAFETY
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299 BT Operate: Frame Bed Resourcing
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LETTERS TO BRANCHES
872 21/11/12 BT Operate - EvoTAM - Insulation by Contract - Brian Healy
873 22/11/12 Royal Mail Privatisation - New EDM - Billy Hayes
874 22/11/12 Royal Mail Simulator - Training - Bob Gibson
875 22/11/12 New Attendance Procedure - Ray Ellis
876 22/11/12 BT Operate - Performance Management Coaching Plans and Annual Leave - Brian Healy
877 23/11/12 Post Office: Interim Results - Half-year to 23 September 2012 - Andy Furey
878 23/11/12 BT Operate - Further moves to Openreach - Brian Healy
879 26/11/12 GS - CSS Replacement Activity Timing - Colin O'Callaghan
880 26/11/12 Islamaphobia Awareness Month Exhibition at CWU Headquarters - Linda Roy
881 27/11/12 Royal Mail Christmas Operation 2012-Temporary Dedicated Packet Sort Centre (PSCs) Outhouses - Health and Safety - Dave Joyce
882 27/11/12 November/December Voice Magazine 2012 - Kevin Slocombe
883 27/11/12 Royal Mail Privatisation EDM Lobby of Parliament - 6 December 2012 - Billy Hayes/Dave Ward
884 28/11/12 Tech Mahindra - Pay 2012 - Brian Healy
885 28/11/12 BT Operate - Mobile and MSL move to BT Wholesale - Brian Healy
886 28/11/12 BT Global Services - Redeployment Statistics October 2012 (Audio Call 28 November 2012) - Colin O'Callaghan
887 29/11/12 Eurest Pay Review 2012 - BT Contract - Sally Bridge
888 29/11/12 Openreach - Organisational Changes - Davie Bowman
889 29/11/12 Seamless Desktop - Pilot in Openreach Service Delivery Controls - Davie Bowman
890 29/11/12 BT Operate - UKSD Efficiencies and Move to Mobile - Brian Healy
Multiple Government Attacks Plotted!
We all know that Government attacks on working people in general and the trade union movement in particular are coming fast and furious - but their collective scale and scope has now been laid bare as never before.
That's thanks to the launch of a new interactive resource by the Liverpool-based Institute of Employment Rights (IER) - the think tank for the labour movement to which the CWU is affiliated.
Presenting the evidence of a co-ordinated ideological assault on workers' rights in an easy-to-view and holistic format, the IER's web-based 'Coalition Timeline' plots more than 100 proposals, policies, u-turns and backbench whispers which collectively provide a 'blow-by-blow' account of what the labour movement is up against.
Visit the IER's new Interactive Coalition Timeline atwww.ier.org.uk/resources/coalition-timeline.
Harassment Complaints Database: Union Policy
Branches are reminded of the CWU's stance on dealing with bullying and harassment cases. A bullying and harassment complaints database is held in the Equal Opportunities Department.
Branches are encouraged to utilise the HCD1 form to record allegations of bullying and harassment made by CWU members. Information concerning the HCD1 form can be found on the CWU website under the Equal Opportunities section.
We appreciate that this will add to an already busy work schedule but it is essential that, as a union, we instil confidence in our members that our zero tolerance policy on bullying and harassment is followed up with action and not just words.
The data that comes through to headquarters will be vital in enabling us to analyse and identify any problem patterns which may exist and we can flag these accordingly.
We extend our appreciation to all those branches who consistently comply with this request and look forward to the co-operation of all branches in this matter.
Any queries in relation to this paragraph should be addressed to Linda Roy, National Equality Office.
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: Frame Bed Resourcing
On the creation of BT Operate EPIB, there were a group of Openreach members who also transferred with their work into EPIB.
Principally, the purpose was to undertake programmes of work on behalf of Openreach.
What happened in practice was that the field staff were loaned back and were executing Frames relief.
A decision has been taken to transfer 29 FTE back to Openreach from Operate with their vans and tools for this period on a temporary basis until 31 March 2013.
Saturday 1 December 2012: Latin America Conference 2012. 9:30am - 5:30pm at Conway Hall, Red Lion Square, WC1R 4RL (Holborn Tube). The annual Latin America Conference examines developments in the Caribbean and Latin America and will hear about the region's struggle against U.S. domination, the ongoing battles to gain control of national resources and the fight to defend their social achievements. Top level speakers from Greece and Latin America will be joined by guests. We hope you will join us in solidarity with the people of Latin America and hope to see you at this year's Latin America Conference. Up-to-date information can be found here:www.latinamericaconference.org.uk/ Speakers including Owen Jones, Seumas Milne, Professor Ernesto Laclau, Jeremy Corbyn MP, Ken Livingstone, Frances O'Grady and Bob Crow.
Monday 14 - Friday 18 January 2013. Union Skills 3 Course. An essential course for activists who have completed Union Skills 1 and 2. (Closing date for applications - Thursday 29 November). Venue: CWU Education and Training Centre, Alvescot Lodge, OX18 2PY. This course is aimed at newer workplace activists and representatives. During the five day programme you will receive a thorough grounding. 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 should have completed Union Skills 1 and 2 to attend this course. We strongly recommend that you apply for and complete Union Skills 2 and Union Skills 3 within a six month period. This course attracts paid release from most BT, Openreach, Virgin Media, Parcelforce, Post Office Limited, Romec, O2 and Royal Mail Group.
Monday 21 - Friday 25 January 2013: Postal Agreements and Procedures Course. (Closing date for applications - Thursday 6 December). Venue: CWU Education and Training Centre, Alvescot Lodge, OX18 2PY. This course is aimed at new workplace activists and representatives in the Royal Mail Group. With presentations and expert advice from senior IR experts during the five day programme you will receive a thorough grounding in: Introduction to the Industrial Relations Framework in Royal Mail Group, the Grievance Procedure, the Attendance Procedure, Disability Discrimination, Maternity and Paternity Rights, Bullying and harassment, Manpower Planning and introduction to the MTSF Agreement. 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. Please note that this course attracts paid release from Parcelforce, Post Office Limited and Royal Mail Group.