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GENERAL 
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EQUAL OPPORTUNITIES 
310 Harassment Complaints Database: Union Policy 
311 Mandatory Equality & Diversity Training

HEALTH AND SAFETY 
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TELECOMS 
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POSTAL 
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LETTERS TO BRANCHES 
922 12/12/12 BT Innovate and Design - Right Places Programme - Brian Healy 
923 13/12/12 BT Operate - UK Service Delivery Efficiency Plans in Quarter 3 - Brian Healy 
924 13/12/12 CWU Youth Conference - Saturday 14th January 2012 - Tony Kearns 
925 13/12/12 Postal Sectional Conferences 2013 - Submission of Motions - Tony Kearns 
926 14/12/12 Romec Pay Dispute: Ballot Result - Ray Ellis 
927 14/12/12 BT Wholesale Leavers Scheme Q4 - Brian Healy 
928 14/12/12 Romec Pay Dispute: Industrial Action - Ray Ellis/Bob Gibson 
929 14/12/12 Royal Mail/CWU Summit Meeting - 17th December - Dave Ward 
930 14/12/12 Campaign to Save Our Royal Mail - Billy Hayes 
931 14/12/12 The Living Wage - Billy Hayes 
932 17/12/12 HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) Assurance Audit Update - Branch Honoraria Payments - Tony Kearns 
933 17/12/12 BT Global Services - Move of International Customer Service Delivery from BT Operate to GCSO - Colin O'Callaghan 
934 17/12/12 Hillsborough Justice for the 96 - Billy Hayes 
935 18/12/12 Consultation on 2012 Congress Resolution No. 5 - Resisting Austerity Measures - Billy Hayes 
936 18/12/12 Organising - The Future - Billy Hayes 
937 18/12/12 Royal Mail/CWU Summit Meeting - 17th December 2012 - Dave Ward 
938 19/12/12 Romec Pay Dispute: Industrial Action - Ray Ellis 
939 19/12/12 General Conference 2013 - Obituary List - Tony Kearns 
940 19/12/12 General Conference 2013 - Submission of Motions/Rule Amendments - Tony Kearns 
941 19/12/12 BT TSO: Reduction in Personal Assistants - Brian Healy 
942 19/12/12 CWU Pay Handbook - Billy Hayes 

EQUAL OPPORTUNITIES 

310 
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. 

311 
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. 

EVENTS BULLETIN 

Thursday 10 January 2013: Building a Secure Future: A New Industrial Policy. 14:00 to 16:00 at Congress House. The TUC is delighted to announce Conservative peer Lord Michael Heseltine, Labour peer Lord Andrew Adonis, corporate director Andrew Churchill and the TUC's Frances O'Grady as speakers at this high profile panel debate on industrial policy. Peggy Hollinger from the Financial Times will chair the event. Lord Heseltine has recently led an independent review of industrial strategy review for government. Lord Adonis is an advisor to Labour's 'Policy Review on Industrial Strategy', Andrew Churchill is managing director of engineering company JJ Churchill Ltd and Peggy Hollinger is leader writer at the Financial Times. The debate will consider the need for an active industrial policy, discuss what we can learn from more successful economies and consider the practical measures government could take now and in the medium term to support key sectors for future sustainable growth. This is the fourth event in the TUC's 'After Austerity' series. For more information please visit www.afterausterity.org.uk/ or contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information. 

Saturday 12 January 2013: CWU Youth Conference. Will be held at University of Bristol Students' Union (Queen's Road Clifton, Bristol BS8 1LN). Each regional Youth Committee is entitled to submit one motion to the conference agenda. The same applies to each branch. Motions should be submitted electronically toThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. using the template<http://www.cwu.org/assets/_files/documents/nov_12/cwu__1351779943_Youth_motion_form.doc>Branches or regions who do not have this facility may request paper motion forms by contacting Angela Niven on 020 8971 7256. Motion forms must be returned byWednesday 5 December 2012. Anything received after this date will not be accepted. All sections of the form must be completed. 

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. 

Thursday 24 January 2012: CWU Retired Members' Conference. The 2013 annual Retired Members' Conference will take place at Birmingham CWU Offices, 46-48 Summer Lane, Hockley, Birmingham B19 3TH. Attendance at this conference is pre-approved through your branch. Please contact your local branch for more information. For information on submitting motions please refer to LTB 836/12 or emailThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Wednesday 6 March 2013: Will we ever Get Back to Normal Bargaining on Pay and Inflation? 09:00 to 16:15 at Congress House. In recent years, pay rises have rarely matched the inflation rate and some people have even said we are now in a "new normal" of pay freezes and low rises. The 2013 TUC - Incomes Data Services forum on pay bargaining will address a number of questions: Will we ever get back to normal bargaining on pay and inflation? Does this depend on a return to economic growth? What will be the effect of lower inflation in 2013? Booking will soon begin through the IDS website; in the meantime, please note the date for your diary. This conference will offer an opportunity for negotiators and research officers to attend at a fraction of the fee normally charged for such events. For more information contactThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Thursday 28 March 2013 - Friday 29 March inclusive: Organising Academy's Award in Communications & Campaigns - Oxford. The course will run in two parts with the first part taking place on 28-29 March 2012 and the second part delivered on 20-21 June 2013. Places are available for union staff to attend the Organising Academy's Award in Communications and Campaigns. This course is for officers, organisers and other union staff involved in campaigns and communications, explores how unions can maximise the potential of both traditional forms of communication as well as social media and public speaking. For more information contact Becky Wright, Director, TUC Organising Academy on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 020 7467 1382 or visit www.tuc.org.uk/union/index.cfm?mins=267&minors=27&majorsubjectID=14 

Sunday 21 April - Monday 22 April 2013: CWU Annual Conference - Bournemouth. 

Tuesday 23 April 2013: CWU Letters Section Conference - Bournemouth. 

Tuesday 23 April - Thursday 25 April 2013: CWU TFS Conference - Bournemouth 

Wednesday 22 May 2013: CWU Packages & Express Conference - Birmingham 

Thursday 23 May 2013: CWU Counter & Clerical Section Conference - Birmingham 

Tuesday 11 June 2013: CWU Postal Technical Conference - CWU HQ