BOB 041/13

GENERAL 
264 CWU Black and Ethnic Minority Members Leadership Course 

265 Union Learning Reps Part 1 Course 
266 Equal Rights Part 1 Course

EQUAL OPPORTUNITIES 
267 Harassment Complaints Database: Union Policy 

268 Mandatory Equality & Diversity Training

HEALTH AND SAFETY 
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TELECOMS 
269 BT TSO: EIPB Infrastructure Planning Team

POSTAL 
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LETTERS TO BRANCHES 
737 01/11/13 BT Performance Management: Independent Review - Colin O'Callaghan 

738 01/11/13 Post Office: Pay 2012 and Beyond and The Future of The Crown Office Network/Pay Pensions and The Future of Central Support Services including Supply Chain - Update on Talks and Withdrawal of Notices for Strike Action on Monday 4th November - Andy Furey 
739 05/11/13 Royal Mail Area Representative and Royal Mail Area Representative Substitute Elections 2013 - Tony Kearns 
740 05/11/13 TIC - Conference Proposition 58 - BT Army Reservists - Colin O'Callaghan 
741 05/11/13 TIC - Conference Proposition 57 - BT Pensioners - Discounted Products and Services - Colin O'Callaghan 
742 06/11/13 LTB 661/13 Report on Proportionality - Billy Hayes 
743 06/11/13 BT TSO: GIS Data Centres Planned Organisational Changes and Resource Reductions - Brian Healy 

GENERAL 264 


CWU Black and Ethnic Minority Members Leadership Course 
The CWU is committed to encouraging more BEM members to get involved in the union at all levels because we believe this makes us stronger and more relevant in the workplace. 

This newly designed course can be delivered over two or three days and includes a full programme of group activities, presentations and guest speakers all facilitated by experienced CWU tutors. Aims of the programme 

This course is designed to: 

  • Help BEM members become more active in the CWU
  • Develop a better understanding of what unions are and how they work

• Provide an opportunity to build effective support and networks for BEM activists 

  • Develop new ideas for how BEM members can work at the heart of the CWU
  • To help you become more active in the CWU


Who should attend? 

Any new BEM activists who have recently taken on any role in the CWU and BEM members who are considering getting more active in the CWU. 
You can work for any of the companies where we have a presence and don't worry if you haven't attended any union events or courses before, our tutors will be there to support you. 
You'll find that union learning is a lot of fun, providing great opportunities for discussion, networking and sharing ideas and experiences. 
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 Black and Ethnic Minority Members Leadership course is currently scheduled to take place at the CWU education and training centre at Alvescot Lodge. 

Friday 7 - Sunday 9 February 2014 Closing date for applications - Monday 16 December 2013 

To book your place 

Your branch will have to approve your application, contact your branch secretary to ask for an application form. 

Expenses 

If your branch nominates you for this course they will usually cover your travel, subsistence and release costs from work if applicable. 
This can vary, so always check with your branch secretary in advance. 
All courses at Alvescot are residential. The cost of tuition, food and accommodation will be met from the general fund. 
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 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. 

265 
Union Learning Reps Part 1 Course 
This is the first part of our essential course for all CWU union learning representatives (ULR) 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: 

  • Your role as a CWU union learning representative
  • Your skills as a CWU union learning representative
  • The role of trade unions in learning
  • Barriers to learning
  • Communication skills
  • Writing it down
  • Analysing learning needs
  • Mapping learning needs
  • Interview skills
  • Planning a learning campaign


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 Union Learning Representatives Part 1 course is currently scheduled to take place at the CWU education and training centre at Alvescot Lodge. 

Monday 3 - Friday 7 February 2014 Closing date for applications - Monday 16 December 2013 

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. 
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. 

266 
Equal Rights Part 1 Course 
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: 

  • Inequality in society
  • Bullying and harassment at work
  • Maternity, paternity and parental rights
  • Disability at work
  • The Equality Act 2010
  • Learning to use the CWU equality toolkit
  • Role of the equality rep
  • Problem solving skills
  • Interviewing skills


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 unpaid release from BT and Openreach. 
It attracts paid release from Virgin Media, Parcelforce, Post Office Limited, Romec, O2 and Royal Mail Group. 

Dates 

The following residential Equal Rights Part 1 course is currently scheduled to take place at the CWU education and training centre at Alvescot Lodge. 

Monday 3 - Friday 7 February 2014 Closing date for applications - Monday 16 December 2013 

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. 

EQUAL OPPORTUNITIES 267 
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. 

268 
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 269 
BT TSO: EIPB Infrastructure Planning Team 

Further to Letter to Branches 703/2013 management have responded further with the assurances being sought. 

There will be no stranded resource as part of this selection exercise - management are focused on ensuring there is appropriate nationwide geographic coverage of planning work e.g. if there is ample coverage in large cities then this will be the focus for the reductions to right size resource to work demands. This approach will also mean people have the best chance of being redeployed into other work too as generally the people selected to move are in most cases likely to be in strategic TSO locations.

The two roles that have ceased are a) due to the closure of the WBC programme (individual working solely on this programme) and b) due to the introduction of automation on the job pack production for LLU.

The majority of the reductions required are due to volumes of work declining in the planning activity e.g. mainly APO where predicted work volumes are down by a third between now and year end. There are also some smaller efficiencies due to multiskilling of Power and P&I planners - combining work to reduce double travel to sites. This equates to a requirement to reduce by 23 people.

The following is a summary of the core planning skills that the positive selections are based on: delivery performance, customer service, capacity management skills, communication and technical planning/systems skills (these apply to both planning and P&I planning roles). This will be fully transparent during the selection process supported by a selection matrix. 

Brian Healy 
Assistant Secretary 

EVENTS BULLETIN 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 Wednesday 13 November 2013: Public Meeting to Save Great Greenford Crown Post Office. 7.00 - 9.00 p.m at Cyril Grant Room, Greenford Hall, Ruislip Road (Junction with Oldfield Road South), Greenford UB6 9QN. Residents of Great Greenford are invited to attend a public meeting to defend their local Crown Post Office. Confirmed Speakers: Stephen Pound (Labour M.P. for Ealing North). Invited Speakers: Elected Local Representatives, The Post Office and The Communication Workers' Union. All welcome. 

Saturday 16 November 2013: CWU Women's Conference 2013. This year's Women's Conference will be held in Belfast at the Radisson Blu Hotel, The Gasworks, 3 Cormack Place, Ormeau Road, Belfast BT7 2JB. All those attending the conference are invited to a social event on Friday 15 November 2013 - details will be circulated nearer the time. Any enquiries should be emailed to Dionne Gittens This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. in the Equal Opportunities Department. 

Monday 18 November 2013: Mental Health Awareness Seminar. Registration at 10am to start at 10:30am, Birmingham Amal Branch Office, 46-48 Summer Lane, Birmingham. The South West Safety Forum and Welsh Forum are jointly hosting a seminar to raise awareness on mental health open to ASR/Co-ords, legal and medical secretaries and branch secretaries. Speakers include Dave Joyce, Shaun Davis (Royal Mail), Steve Exall (BT), Ian Draper (Hazards), Brian Knott (Simpson Millar). For information and to attend please contact Keith Franklin onThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Wednesday 20 November 2013: Health, Work & Well-Being Conference. 10:30 to 15:30 at Tony Benn House, Unite the Union, Victoria Street, Bristol, BS1 6AY. One of the most important roles a trade union plays is to help keep workers safe. Unions do a lot more to encourage a healthy workplace and to work with employers on the well-being of staff. Local authorities have new responsibilities for health and well-being at work but it is just part of a very big public health agenda. How can unions get involved? How can councils understand the role that unions play and the potential to do a lot more? What are the challenges for unions in promoting well-being at a time when stress at work is rising? This event will hear from Bristol City Council on their groundbreaking Charter for Health and Well-Being at Work and how this can be spread to other councils. It will discuss the challenges and offer some solutions including a few case studies. For further information or enquiries please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Wednesday 20 November - Thursday 21 November 2013: CWU Annual Union Learning Representatives Networking Event. To be held at The Elstead Hotel, Knyveton Road, Bournemouth BH1 3QP. The hugely popular event presents delegates with the opportunity to meet other CWU union learning representatives, attend specialist workshops and hear from guests speakers. The event will also promote the latest CWU learning developments and celebrate the achievements of the union's learning representatives. Arrangements have now been made for this year's national event for Union Learning Representatives (ULRs) in the CWU. To guarantee that your branch is represented you must return your completed and signed application form to the Education and Training Department by Friday 11 October 2013. Any enquiries regarding this LTB should be addressed to Michelle Simpson or Neil Coleby by telephoning 020 8971 7340 or 07801 364088 or by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Thursday 21 November 2013: Public Meeting to Save Swiss Cottage Crown Post Office.6:30pm - 8:30pm at Community Room, Level 2, O2 Centre, 255, Finchley Road, NW3 6LU (Nearest tube station Finchley Road). Following the announcement by the Post Office on 11th October, that Swiss Cottage Crown Office will be one of the 16 post offices to be franchised to W H Smith this financial year, the CWU has now organised a further public meeting to oppose this threat. Guest speakers will include Cllr. Tulip Siddiq (Labour Party Prospective Parliamentary Candidate for Hampstead & Kilburn) and representatives from the Post Office and CWU in addition to local elected representatives. For information please contact Gary Watt on 07587 138733

Thursday 24 April - Tuesday 6 May 2014: Cuba Solidarity Campaign - Break the Blockade with the Cycle Cuba Challenge 2014. Over the years over 100 trade unionists have joined the cycle challenge with support from their regions and national organisations and we very much hope that in 2014 we will be able to broaden further the support for this unique solidarity event. After 50 years of the cruel US blockade, Cuba still requires much needed material solidarity to support its social infrastructure. This year we will again raise money for essential educational equipment for young visually impaired Cuban school children and the cyclists will deliver the aid directly to the Abel Santamaria School in Havana. Trade Union visits such as the Cycle Cuba Challenge send a real message of international friendship and ensure that the Cuban people are not left alone. This year's blockade busting Cycle Challenge runs 315 kilometres from Sancti Spíritus, one of Cuba's seven original Spanish towns, to the historic city of Santa Clara. The route passes through Trinidad, Cuba's best preserved colonial town and a UNESCO World Heritage site to Cienfuegos, where we have received a special invitation to participate in the inspiring May Day Rally alongside thousands of Cubans. Then it is on to Santa Clara, site of Che Guevara's evocative mausoleum and historic victory against Batista's troop train. We then return to Havana, for further exploration of this fascinating capital city along with opportunities to meet Cuban trade unionists. We then have a special visit to the Abel Santamaria School for the visually impaired. The full details, itinerary and booking forms are all available to view and download here: www.cuba-solidarity.org.uk/tours/tour.asp?tourid=2