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GENERAL 
276 Legal Helpline & CWU Accident Helpline/Christmas & New Year Arrangements

EQUAL OPPORTUNITIES 
277 Harassment Complaints Database: Union Policy 
278 Mandatory Equality & Diversity Training

HEALTH AND SAFETY 
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TELECOMS 
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POSTAL 
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LETTERS TO BRANCHES 
757 13/11/13 Post Office Pay Disputes: Crowns, Admin & Supply Chain Strike Action - Andy Furey
758 13/11/13 Service Delivery: Winter Working SD Field and NO&TV - Davie Bowman
759 14/11/13 Why do Young Members Stop being Active? - Simon Sapper
760 14/11/13 CWU Delegates to the TUC Equality Conference(s) 2014 - Tony Kearns
761 14/11/13 National Equality Advisory Committee Positions - 2014/2016 - Tony Kearns
762 14/11/13 National Pensioners' Convention - Lobby of Parliament on 27th November - Tony Kearns
763 14/11/13 UNI Europa Postal and Logistic Conference 2013 - John Baldwin
764 15/11/13 Update: Postal Digital Assistant (PDA) Handheld Intermec (CN3) Scanner - Bob Gibson
765 18/11/13 Pay 2012 and Beyond and The Future of The Crown Office Network - Andy Furey
766 18/11/13 Philippines' Disaster Appeal - Billy Hayes/Tony Kearns/John Baldwin/Trish Lavelle
767 19/11/13 Openreach - Managing Changing Capabilities (MCC) - Davie Bowman
768 19/11/13 Service Delivery: Coaches' Review - Davie Bowman
769 20/11/13 Mouth Cancer Action Month - November 2013 - Dave Joyce
770 20/11/13 Membership Subscription - Retired & Retired Associate Members - from 1st January 2014 - Tony Kearns

GENERAL 

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Legal Helpline & CWU Accident Helpline/Christmas & New Year Arrangements 
The above services will be available up until Tuesday 24th December 2013 but will close at 17.00 hours. 
On Friday 27th December 2013 and Monday 30th December 2013 the Legal Helpline will operate 09.00 hours to 17.00 hours. 
The Legal Helpline will operate on New Year's Eve from 09.00 hrs to 17.00 hours and will re-open for business as usual on Thursday 2nd January 2014 from 07.00 hours until 21.00 hours. 
Our members will, of course, be able to leave voicemail messages for the helpline team outside of these hours. 
All enquiries regarding the above paragraph should be directed to Simon Sapper, Acting Head of Legal Services. 

EQUAL OPPORTUNITIES 

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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. 

278 
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 

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

Wednesday 4 December 2013: Equality and Discrimination: What next for Equal Rights? London. With Professor Sir Bob Hepple QC, Chair of the Equal Rights Trust; Aileen McColgan, Matrix Chambers; Diana Holland, Assistant General Secretary, Unite the Union; Nadia Motraghi, Old Square Chambers; Victoria Phillips, Thompsons Solicitors; The Fawcett Society; Sally Brett, TUC Book now atwww.ier.org.uk/events/equality-and-discrimination-what-next-equal-rights-0 

Friday 6 December 2013: Public Meeting to Save Huyton and Kirby Crown Post Offices. Residents of Huyton and Kirby are invited to attend a public meeting to defend plans to franchise their local Crown Post Office. 12:30 - 15:30 at Huyton Suite, Civic Way, Poplar Bank, Huyton, L36 9GD. Guest speakers include George Howarth MP, local councillors and CWU's Andy Furey. It's your Post Office, Let's Save It. Its loss means... Poorer service and longer queues at alternative offices, loss of trained, experienced and dedicated staff, inconvenience and inaccessibility for elderly and disabled and parents with children, loss of passing custom for local shops; high street decline, loss of good secure jobs; replaced by minimum wages and insecurity and short term cost cutting rather than growth. Join the campaign. Sign the petition. Come to the public meeting. Get your local community involved. Write to your MP/MSP and councillors. Write to the Post Office Chief Executive, Paula Vennells, 148 Old Street, London EC1V 9HQ. 

Wednesday 22 January 2014: Equality and Discrimination: What next for Equal Rights? Liverpool. With Kate Green MP, Shadow Minister of State for Equalities; Brian Doyle, Regional Employment Judge; Diana Holland, Assistant General Secretary, Unite the Union; Nicola Newbegin, Old Square Chambers; Victoria Phillips, Thompsons Solicitors; The Fawcett Society; The TUC. Book now atwww.ier.org.uk/events/equality-and-discrimination-what-next-equal-rights

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 SpĂ­ritus, 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