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Conference takes place for five days each year in either April or May and is the parliament of our Union.

Two of the five days are spent discussing issues that are appropriate to the whole Union. Then Conference is divided into sectional and industrial groupings for the remaining three days.


General Conference:
27th & 28th April 2014 - BIC Bournemouth
Postal Group Conference: 29th 30th April & 1st May 2014 - BIC Bournemouth
Telecom & Financial Services Conference: 29th, 30th April & 1st May 2014 - BIC Bournemouth

Check out the events page for information on events and meetings taking place during conference week.


General Conference agenda pad 2014
Telecoms and Financial Services agenda 2014
Postal agenda 2014

To find out what happened last year visit Annual Conference 2013.

All CWU members are entitled to attend Conference. If you wish to be a delegate, you must make an application through your branch.

Visitors, who are members of the union, may gain admission to the observers area by showing their membership card. Non member visitors should make a request for a visitors' pass in writing and indicate the capacity in which they would be making the application.

The conferences are motion based. The closing date for motions is usually around the beginning of March for General Conference, and April for Industrial Conferences each year. Around 1200 delegates representing the Union's 300 000 members attend.

Press and media enquiries should be directed to

Crèche Facilities

We shall be making arrangements for the provision of crèche facilities at this year's Annual Conference.

If any member of your delegation would like to use these facilities they should contact Angela Niven on for a crèche registration form as soon as possible and not later than Friday 15th March 2013.

We require this information as early as possible to ensure that arrangements can be made to provide the correct number of staff to look after the children.

Procedures for Considering Requests for Bucket Collections.

All requests for bucket collections to be taken during Annual Conference shall normally be submitted in writing to the General Secretary. Such written requests should include background material/information/full details on the organisation for which the collection is to be made. The officer to the General Conference SOC will be advised accordingly and will then make arrangements for the Union's stewards to take such collections. The monies so collected will be counted by the Senior Deputy General Secretary's Department and a cheque made out to the appropriate body.

The number of bucket collections to be taken during Annual Conference will only exceptionally exceed two.

Distribution of Documents at General Conference.

All requests for the distribution of documents on delegates' seats shall, in the first instance, be referred in writing to the General Conference SOC, together with a copy of the document(s) concerned, for consideration. Please send any requests to

Any documents that have been agreed for distribution on delegates' seats at General Conference shall be delivered to the General Conference Administration office by no later than 5pm on the day prior to distribution.

Branches are reminded of the facility of the Conference Guide to publicise meetings and other events.

Seating at General Conference

If any member of your delegation requires an end seat due to special needs/disability they should contact Angela Niven on as soon as possible stating the reason and no later than Friday 15th March 2013.

Conference also attracts a small army of exhibitors. These include:

The physical organisation of Conference is the responsibility of the senior deputy general secretary. For further information contact Chris Tapper: or 0208 9717 331.

The constitutional organisation of Conference, including the Agenda, Documentation and Standing Orders is dealt with by various Standing Orders Committees.

We produce a Conference Guide that will be distributed to all delegates and visitors attending the CWU Annual Conference. If you have organised an event that is to be held at conference please let us have full details for inclusion in the guide. Branches and regions are invited to place fraternal greetings adverts in the guide.

Any enquiries concerning Conference should be directed in the first instance to Chris Tapper on 0208 971 7331 or