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242 Harassment Complaints Database: Union Policy
243 Mandatory Equality & Diversity Training
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LETTERS TO BRANCHES
640 26/09/13 Parcelforce - Joint Statement Regarding the Potential to Develop a New Approach to Depot Revisions - Terry Pullinger
641 26/09/13 Parcelforce - Terms of Reference for the Further Evolution of IT Capability and the Introduction of on Device Manifest, Interactive Text Messaging and Delivery Options - Terry Pullinger
642 26/09/13 TNT Post - Dave Ward
643 26/09/13 BT Global Services - Redeployment Statistics - August 2013 (Audio Call on 25th September 2013) - Allan Eldred
644 26/09/13 BT TSO: GIS EIPB and Field Services Proof of Concept IXD Working - Brian Healy
645 26/09/13 Pensions - Dave Ward
646 26/09/13 Royal Mail Privatisation - Labour Party Conference 2013 - Billy Hayes/Dave Ward
647 27/09/13 Service Delivery: Winter Working - Maximising Daylight Hours - Davie Bowman
648 27/09/13 Industrial Action Ballot - Government Announcement - Dave Ward/Billy Hayes
649 27/09/13 Black History Month - CWU Special Event - Linda Roy/Simon Sapper
650 30/09/13 Post Office: Financial Special - Consultative Ballot Result - Andy Furey
651 01/10/13 Fleet & Maintenance Services Territorial Representatives 2013 - Ballot for South West Territory - Ray Ellis
652 01/10/13 Postal Conference Structure Review - Dave Ward
653 02/10/13 Door to Door Growth - Seven Items per Week - Updated IWP Version 7.51 - Bob Gibson
654 02/10/13 Service Delivery: End of Day Work Allocation - Davie Bowman
655 02/10/13 Royal Mail & CWU Indoor Work Method Guidance Version 2 September 2013 + Frame Calculator - Bob Gibson
656 02/10/13 Romec Pay 2013 and Other Issues - Bob Gibson
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 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.
Accenture: AO/IO Workforce Reductions
In Letter to Branches 607/2013 a report was given of Accenture managements' requirement to open up a voluntary release scheme.
Following a recent senior management review of the applications received under the TGP for BPO VR programme, the following has been decided and acted upon.
Further to the scheme closing fully on the 12 September it received a total of seven applications, the breakdown of which is as follows:
Level C 1
Level D 4
Level E 2
Four of the seven applicants are employed on prior BT TUPE terms; three of the applicants are employed on prior AHRS TUPE terms.
Three of the applicants are based in Yarnfield Park, Stone, three are based in Chesterfield and the remaining employee is based in Milton Keynes.
Four of the applicants are from the IO for BPO area within TGP for BPO and the remaining three are from the AO for BPO area within TGP for BPO.
Further to leadership review of each of the seven applications, management have decided to agree all applications. In response to this the union challenged the numbers which are way in excess of the target set.
Concerns were raised around grade drift if the work was reallocated around the remaining team.
Management recognise that the level of activity and reallocation of work will also further support a number of cases for promotion from the Level F group (CWU recognised grades) within the team and, once signed paperwork is in place for the voluntary release process, the promotion cases will also be worked on and reviewed with the individuals concerned within the team.
In the majority of cases the voluntary release date will be 31 October 2013. In one case a longer period of training and handover is required to ensure that a member of the team can be trained to undertake the work requirements. In this case the voluntary release date would be the 31 December 2013.
In addition, the decisions would support the increase of hours in one employee's case (requested by the employee previously and at the time was unable to be supported) and will require the short term retention of one agency member of the team whilst the changes across the groups are implemented.
Friday 11 October 2013: Black History Month (On the eve of the Race Advisory Committee's Conference). To commemorate this year's Black History Month, CWU's National Youth Committee and Equal Opportunities Department will host a joint afternoon event focusing on 'What black history teaches us about solving today's challenges'. 3:30pm - 5:30pm at Mechanics Centre (formerly the Mechanics Institute), Manchester. The event is open to all BME members, but we are particularly keen to engage with young activists and members from these communities. The format will be a panel discussion with ample opportunity for contributions from members of the audience. A number of high profile activists from the BME communities have being approached and there will be an announcement on the composition of the panel shortly. This initiative follows on from the very successful black leadership course run by the Equal Opportunities Department in February this year and from the adoption by the CWU's National Youth Conference of policy committing this section of the union to develop initiatives that specifically engage with young activists from the BME communities. For information please contact Simon Sapper's office on 020 8971 7281 or the Equal Opportunities Department on 020 8971 7356.
Friday 11 October 2013: Public Meeting to Save Crewe Crown Post Office.Residents of Crewe are invited to attend a public meeting between 2-4pm at Crewe Library, Prince Albert St, Crewe, CW1 2DH to defend their local Crown Post Office from being franchised as part of the Post Office's transformation plans. Speakers include CWU's Carl Maden along with Edward Timpson MP. Join us to have your say on the future of your local Crown Post Office. For more information please contact Jenny Windsor on 07969 848 214.
Monday 21 October 2013: TUC Green Conference: Green Growth - No Turning Back. This one-day conference, hosted by the TUC will debate a vision for a low carbon world, and what is needed to realise this vision. Time: 10am - 4pm at Congress House, London. Keynote and workshop speakers include: The Rt Hon Edward Davey MP, Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change; Ian Wright MP, Shadow Minister for Competitiveness and Enterprise; Frances O'Grady, TUC General Secretary; Professor Julia Slingo, Chief Scientist, the Met Office; John Ashton, former UK Special Representative for Climate Change and independent commentator; Sue Ferns, Director of Research & Communications, Prospect/TUC General Council; Andy Atkins, Director, Friends of the Earth; Will Straw, Associate Director, IPPR; Chris Baugh, AGS, PCS; Tony Burke, AGS, Unite; Gary Smith, National Officer, GMB. For more information visit https://greenconference2013.eventbrite.co.uk/
Friday 8 November - Sunday 10 November 2013: The National Youth Education Event. This event is the coming together of young activists over the course of a weekend to meet colleagues old and new, learn new skills, share their experiences and have a positive impact in the way that the union communicates and interacts with its young members. To be held at the Imperial Hotel, Blackpool, the weekend will give participants the enthusiasm, confidence and tools to go back to their branches and deal with the ever increasing pressures on their union time. The weekend will enable participants to join a growing community that is CWU Youth. They will leave the event knowing that they have support not only from their branches, regions and head office, but also a large national network that is there to help and advise should situations arise that require it. For more information visit National Youth Education Event at www.cwuyouth.org/national-youth-education-event