Conference policy

 2015 General Conference Motions

 

2015 GENERAL CONFERENCE MOTIONS

NUMBER

MOTION

POLICY
OWNER

ESTIMATED DELIVERY/PROGRESS REPORT

COMP

MOTION

1

 

 

 

 

CARRIED

The NEC is instructed to start an affordable housing campaign, working with CWU Youth, the equality sections and other trade unions where possible. This should focus on affordable housing that families, as well as workers on low income and wages can afford.  

Additionally the following must be pursued – 

  • Increasing investment in genuinely affordable housing including from government, pension funds and ethical investors. 
  • Affordable housing for families and workers on low income.
  • Bringing down the costs of renting from private landlords, increasing security of tenancy and quality. 
  • Lifting the restrictions on local government preventing council house building and working with other social landlords to increase the stock of affordable housing available.  
  • Maintain existing social / council housing stock by limiting the right to buy

 

The campaign is not limited to these points and the NEC could use other relevant issues that supplement the points above. Bringing down housing costs would in effect be one of the best pay rises we could deliver for members.

 

NEC is instructed accordingly.

Bristol and District Amal

Youth Conference

Leeds No1 Amal

Tyne & Wear Clerical

Cheshire No1 Amal

 

 

GS

NEC Document 112/15 was agreed at the June NEC and our actions and plans were issued to branches in LTB 438/15 dated 3rd July 2015.

 

The Homes (Fit for Human Habitation) Bill was effectively    “talked out” at the second reading stage on 16 October. Our own “Housing For All” campaign  continues while  we review how best to progress the terms of the  composite motion

 

CWU sponsored a successful fringe meeting at Labour Party Conference entitled “A Charter for renters rights – Improving Housing”

 

Our submission to London Mayoral Candidate Sadiq Khan’s manifesto had an emphasis on housing, which has become the main issue of the campaign.  The terms of the motion seems set to be reflected when the manifesto is launched.

 

We have supported a detailed policy document as a means of setting the progressive agenda for the housing debate.  This policy document is currently in production and will be supported by various activities when it is launched.

 

The Government is determined to push its controversial Housing and Planning Bill through Parliament as quickly as possible.

 

CWU-supported MPs have been active in challenging the policies being advanced by the Conservatives as well as using every opportunity to seek to amend the legislation.

 

A briefing on the bill is available from the Research Department.

 

The CWU Voice contained a double page spread on Housing in the April Edition and arrangements are being made for CWU to hold a Housing Conference.

 

Following agreement by both Houses on the text of the Bill it received Royal Assent on 12th May 2016.

 

CWU facilitated the publication of a comprehensive document on Housing by Alex Hilton entitled ‘How to repair the housing market – a crisis response’. Details of this featured in a CWU web story in July 2016 . The document can be accessed via the following link

How to repair the housing market quickly – a crisis response’

 

Plans to hold a Housing Conference in Autumn 2016 – have now been deferred until March 2017.

 

COMP

MOTION

2

 

 

 

CARRIED

Conference notes that the Equality Act provides protections against discriminatory treatment based on the concept of ‘Protected Characteristics.’

 

Currently workers with a terminal illness are not classified as having a Protected Characteristic and therefore have very limited legal protection against employers dismissing them due to illness.

 

Conference notes that employers are therefore free to dismiss terminally ill workers once they have made ‘reasonable adjustments’ to the employee’s job to assist with the illness. Conference agrees that the last thing a terminally ill worker would need is the distress at the same time as facing up to a terminal illness is to have to fight for the right to continue working and not to face the indignity of being sacked.

 

In addition conference notes that the loss of death in service benefits to terminally ill workers sacked before death is a further distress at a time when security for a family for the future should be protected.

 

Therefore conference agrees to support the TUC’s ‘Dying to Work Campaign’ currently being developed in the Midlands and to support the lobbying of MP’s to establish new legislation, currently being drawn up by the society of Labour Lawyers which

 

-       Seeks to get terminally ill workers covered by Protective Rights at Work in line with those covered by Pregnancy/Maternity Rights

 

-       Seeks to protect death in service benefits

 

-       Seeks to allow workers with terminal illness to die in dignity

 

The NEC is instructed accordingly.

Midland Regional Committee

South Midlands Postal

 

 

GS

 

CWU to work within the TUC structures and co-ordinate with other unions. 

 

CWU Midland Region to provide HQ with updates on developments driven by the Midlands TUC.

 

Parliamentary ‘activity plan’ to be headed by Jon Ashworth MP to commence in April /May.

 

A voluntary charter is being drawn-up for consideration by employers.

 

Approaches to be made to the main companies employing CWU members.

 

In furtherance of pursuing this policy the DGS (P) with the authority of the Postal Executive has lobbied Royal Mail to sign up to the Dying to Work Charter. A request has also been submitted to RM for a meeting with the Chief Executive so that she may hear fist hand about the campaign and meet with CWU

 

 

At the 2016 TUC Congress – a joint CWU and Midland TUC Fringe meeting was held. CWU and GMB General Secretaries will champion the issue within the TUC GC and seek affiliate’s assistance to increase the number of companies signing the charter. The CWU is delighted to have secured Santander’s commitment to the initiative.

39

 

 

 

 

 

CARRIED

This Conference is extremely concerned that the Conservatives have confirmed that “tough new measures” on trade unionists’ ability to go on strike will be included in their election manifesto. They have said that the new proposals would include a minimum 40% of eligible voter support threshold for strikes in essential services.

 

Conference notes that most government ministers don’t manage to get 40 per cent of all eligible voters voting for them at elections, the Tories didn’t get anywhere near a majority at the last election and turnout in the elections they called on Police and Crime Commissioners was below 15 per cent.  Conference notes that the Conservative Party won the support of just 23% of all eligible voters in 2010, barely half of what they now demand for strike action.

 

Conference is concerned about the Tories hypocrisy, in their attitude to democracy, and instructs the NEC to oppose these draconian measures, by all means possible.

Mersey

 

 

GS

 

The Trade Union Bill completed its final parliamentary stages on 3rd May and having been passed by both Houses is now the Trade Union Act 2016.

 

The TUC has done substantial work on the Act and has prepared written briefings for full-time officers and for workplace reps.

 

The government has started to work on the implementation of the new rules, including statutory thresholds for industrial action, Codes of Practice and guidance on I/A and picketing and the transition period for political fund opt-in rules.

 

Documentation will be issued in due course.

40

 

 

 

 

CARRIED

This Conference agrees that the NEC shall campaign vigorously amongst Labour Councillors that they should stipulate that any Company entering the tendering process to provide services to local authorities must pay its workforce as a minimum the appropriate “living wage”.

This campaign to be extended where ever possible.

Greater Manchester Amal

 

 

GS

CWU to continue to pursue policy via Labour Councillors and Council Leaders.

 

Continue to work within the TUC and Living Wage campaign groups. 

41

 

 

 

 

 

CARRIED

This conference notes that despite the adoption of Composite proposition 5 on “Young members” moved by the CWU and seconded by the PFA at TUC Conference 2008, little progress has been made, mainly due to the dead hand on education of the Con-Dem Government foisted on the people of the UK over the past five years.

 

Conference instructs the NEC to revisit the issues addressed in our proposition to the 2008 TUC Conference with a view to joining with other TUC affiliates and Congress itself to convince the Minister for Education in the next Labour Administration, or any Governmental coalition including Labour, to establish and implement a GCSE in Trade Union Studies during the term of the incoming parliament 2015.

 

This would create a platform to establish and implement an A Level in Trade Union Studies in due course.

Capital

 

 

GS

 

Implementation unlikely.

 

Continue to progress through TUC.

42

 

 

CARRIED

2014 marked the 100 years that have passed since the start of the First World War, and, 2018 will mark the 100 years since the end of the horrific conflict.

 

The Northwest number one Branch think that a fitting way to commemorate such a landmark in UK history would be the creation of a new annual Bank holiday for the whole of the United Kingdom. The Bank Holiday would be the Monday, the day after the official remembrance Sunday.

 

Therefore Conference instructs the Executive council to seek support from all UK trade unions, and interested organisations to campaign and lobby all political parties to bring about the legislation required for the introduction of a new Remembrance Day Bank holiday. The first of which would be on Monday 12th November 2018.

 

The NEC is instructed accordingly.

North West No.1

 

 

GS

 

Seek views of other unions and military support organisations.

 

Implementation prospects low.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

43

 

 

CARRIED

This conference instructs the NEC using the offices of the TUC to seek legal advice on legislation from a Labour Government (or a Coalition including Labour) during the course of the next parliament to allow trade unions to use electronic balloting options during national leadership elections and industrial action ballots.

 

The legal advice obtained by the TUC and\or its affiliates to help inform the shape and nature of the legislation that provides for electronic balloting options which we seek to see on the statute books within two years, but certainly before the end of the parliament elected in 2015.

Capital

 

SDGS

 

Ongoing - CWU to continue to pursue this policy.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

44

 

 

 

ACCEPTED

Conference is delighted that last year’s TUC congress unanimously passed a motion supporting a minimum wage of £10 an hour and the National Executive are mandated to do all in their power to ensure that this objective is achieved.

Birmingham, Black Country and Worcester

 

 

GS

 

Ongoing Campaign through TUC affiliates, TULO,  LP NPF

COMP

MOTION

46

 

 

 

ACCEPTED

This Conference agrees that the NEC shall campaign vigorously within the TUC and Labour Party to have the laws governing Employment Tribunals returned to their pre July 2013 state by the next government.

 

The overriding principle will be to allow claims after 12 months of employment and no fees to be charged for lodging a case, pursuing a case to court and that three persons should sit on the panel.

Greater Manchester Amal

Mount Pleasant International

 

 

GS

 

Ongoing Campaign

 

CWU submitted a contemporary motion to the LP Conference 2015 which included the abolition of ET fees.

Contemporary motion carried.

 

Implementation prospects low.

48

 

CARRIED

Conference recognises that the amount of money that the Labour Party receives in affiliation fees from the CWU will be significantly reduced due to the new individual opt in affiliation brought in under the Collins review. This is also highly likely to be the case with the other affiliated trade unions.

 

As part of the CWU political strategy going forward a large proportion of the money saved by the CWU by not automatically affiliating members should be re-channelled though Trade Union and Labour Party Liaison Organisation (TULO) to run joint trade union political campaigns objectives. This money should be structured so that local, regional, national campaigns have reasonable funding to fulfil their objects, at the moment regional TULO structures are being run on a shoestring budget. 

 

The CWU will propose and campaign at the next national TULO meeting for the other unions in TULO take a similar joint approach. This will ensure that TULO will have a more prominent role and joint trade union objects and campaigns are better funded and there is less duplication of resources on issues that unions can work together on. Such as improving employment rights, Living wage campaigns, Housing and Identifying and supporting trade union and working class candidates in electoral politics. 

 

The NEC is instructed to pursue this policy accordingly. 

 Bristol and District Amal

 

 

GS

 

Discussions on Party reform are ongoing – CWU continues to review its political strategy. This will include funding arrangements within the party and TULO.

 

 

61

 

 

 

 

CARRIED

Conference recognises that our members should be provided with the best possible information for them to properly plan for their retirement.

 

Recognising the increasing complexity of pensions and retirement planning. This Conference instructs the NEC to take such action as may be required to ensure that members have access to Professional Advice in relation to the financial implications associated with retirement planning.

 

It is suggested that the NEC should explore how such service  may be provided on similar lines as  currently provided by Solicitors under the Legal Services Department, either by the Union’s current advisors or an approved  panel of advisors at either a nil or minimum cost to members.

North West No.1

 

 

Tony Rupa

 

The CWU has yet to launch a formal Pension Advice service across the UK and continues to consider demand and in light of this, the best way we can deliver this service.

 

Discussions are continuing and we await feedback from two pilot regions about the level of take-up.

 

 

63

 

 

CARRIED

Conference instructs the NEC to produce a report on how best to use social media to forward CWU policies.

 

The Review must look at current activity and determine whether it is ‘Fit for Purpose’. The terms of reference (ToR) will need to be established. In those ToR key tests need to feature which are listed below;

 

·         Does the Facebook Group ensure that correct information is presented to our members?

·         Does the Facebook Group protect members from cyber bullying, when contributing within the group?

·         Does the Facebook Group allow non-members to access the Group?

·         Does the Facebook Group deny managers’ access to the Group?

·         Does the Facebook Group project the correct image of the CWU to the membership?

·         How is the Facebook Group Moderated/Administered from CWU HQs?

·         How much misinformation is posted on the Facebook Group?

·         Does Twitter provide more control of correct information flow?

 

This list is not exhaustive.

 

This Report will need to be concluded within six-months following the close of General Conference 2015, this report will then be circulated to branches, with supporting recommendations.

 

The NEC is instructed accordingly.

Eastern No.4

 

 

Chris Webb

 

Ongoing

 

A report on the union’s communications strategy was made by the Head of Communication, Engagement and Media at the July 2016 NEC.

 

Further reports will be made to the NEC when required - and all appropriate developments will be advised to Branches.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

COMP

MOTION

67

 

 

 

CARRIED

The EU is currently negotiating a free trade agreement with the US (TTIP), this agreement will contain “investor protection” clauses that would allow foreign companies or investors to sue the UK government for the loss of future profits and would make the renationalisation of previous state companies almost impossible due to the rights that would be afforded to corporate interests under TTIP.

 

The TTIP agreement would have a massive impact on any future campaign to renationalise either Royal Mail or BT. Likewise the catastrophic damage caused to the NHS by the Conservative party introducing more privatisation, or the renationalisation of the railway system, or the reversal of the Academy and Free schools programs, all campaigns supported by the Union movement, would be made far more difficult to reverse by future governments.

 

This conference instructs the NEC to oppose the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) using all means necessary by campaigning within the TUC, the Labour Party and wider society. This treaty includes a number of worrying clauses deregulating a number of areas including finance, Genetically Modified Organisms and Fracking. Most worrying of all is the investor-State Dispute Settlement (ISDS) which allows companies to bring claims against countries at an international tribunal. This could be used by companies to force their way into taking over parts or all of our public services including the NHS

 

The NEC is further instructed to initiate a political campaign to educate and mobilise our members against the TTIP trade agreement.

Midland No.1

Bradford and District Amal

 

 

GS

 

Refer to motion 37/2016 .

 

 

 

 

 

69

 

 

 

CARRIED

This Conference recognises the number of deaths amongst people in the UK who come into contact with the police. Whether this is through police custody, prisons, immigration detention centres or detained patients, a large percentage of these deaths occur in the BAME community. In some cases, where death has occurred, allegations have been made regarding the fabrication of evidence by the police, or police brutality that is motivated by race. This has left many families of the deceased feeling aggrieved, creating distrust and resentment against the authorities, and frustration when requesting the cause of death. However, pursuing such cases against the institutions of law and order are difficult to win and involve high legal costs.

 

Therefore, Conference instructs the NEC to lobby the TUC, The Labour Party and similar organisations to raise the awareness of racially motivated deaths in custody. Also supporting organisations like “Inquest” that campaign for justice with the truth and the accountability of those in authority and who support individual families in their quest to bring the perpetrators of these crimes to justice.

Black Workers Conference

 

 

GS

 

Ongoing

 

Work with the RAC and other organisations such as Inquest.

 

The CWU made a submission to the Home Office consultation on ‘Deaths and Serious Incidents in Police Custody’.

70

 

 

 

CARRIED

This conference instructs the incoming National Executive Council to work with government or lead groups to campaign to eradicate the gender pay gap. 

 

The Pay Gap between women and men is key measure of economic inequality between the sexes.   News that the gap has begun to widen, after years of slow but steady progress is a damming indictment of the governments record when it comes to women’s standing in the economy.

 

Women’s incomes are being squeezed on all sides – cuts to benefits are hitting them hardest and disproportionately when you look at the public sector workers and this shows this gender pay gap is widening.

 

One of the reasons for the gender pay gap is down to the lack of transparency in pay systems that allow companies to pay female employees less than their male colleagues without staff being aware of it.

 

This information must act as a wake-up call for the government.   Women’s positions in the Labour market and their wider financial security are at grave risk.

Eastern Regional Women’s Committee

 

 

GS / Linda Roy

 

In continued talks with the Fawcett Society (Sam Smethers, Chief Executive) regarding joint collaboration.

 

Sam Smethers, Chief Executive attended the June 2016 WAC Meeting.

 

Information on the gender pay gap continues to be gathered and shared accordingly.

 

CWU has made a submission on ‘mandatory pay gap reporting’ to the Government Equalities Office in October 2016.

 

 

71

 

 

ACCEPTED

 

Conference notes the rise in support for UKIP and the threat it poses both by winning seats and dragging the main parties in its right wing direction. UKIP is a party which has anti working class policies of cutting tax for the rich, privatising the NHS, reducing union rights and dividing society by racist scapegoating against immigrants.

 

Conference also recognises that UKIP is a party with racist, homophobic and sexist members and representatives—and the CWU should campaign against it. Conference instructs the NEC to support the broadly-based Stand Up to UKIP campaign and to produce materials for CWU members challenging UKIP’s lies and myths.

South Central Postal

 

GS

 

To form part of CWU political strategy – leading to future Council/Parliamentary elections.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

73

 

 

 

CARRIED

Conference instructs the NEC to conduct a review of current subscription rates.

 

The review shall investigate the viability of both a flat percentage subscription rate for all members; and a banded subscription system, with both options being based on members contractual earnings, rather than who they work for.

 

The review shall also consider the effect of both options on CWU income.

 

The NEC are further instructed to seek the views of Branches and publish the review as a report to Branches by no later than the end of 2015.

Newcastle Amal

 


SDGS

December 2015

Linked with motions 74 & 75.

 

Issued LTB 565/15 dated 1st September 2015 seeking branch comments. 

 

Issued LTB 020/16 dated 13/01/16 with questionnaire. 

LTB 253/16 dated 20/04/16 issued with results.

 

FOS doc 06/16 put to 12/04/16 FOS meeting with recommendations.

 

Recommendations agreed by NEC at 14/04/16 NEC meeting.

Ongoing.

74

 

 

 

ACCEPTED

This Conference congratulates the union on all the progress it has made in changing the Rulebook and encouraging minorities being part of their branch structures and we must build on this positive work. However, this has bought its own issues on how branches finance these positions (i.e. Youth Officer, Equality Officer, Women’s Officer and BAME Officer), particularly the smaller branches.

 

This Conference instructs the NEC, in conjunction with the SDGS, to compile a report on the best way forward to distribute the rebate across branches, and out of the report bring forward recommendations and rule changes on how to do this so that all branches, irrespective of size, can function appropriately in these responsibilities.

South East Wales Amal

 

 

SDGS

 

Ongoing.

 

Linked with motions 73 & 75.

 

To be considered as part of reforms under CWU Redesign Project

75

 

 

 

CARRIED

Conference instructs the NEC to review the rebate structure specifically regarding those branches that cover large geographical areas on the mainland such as the Highlands in Scotland, and Branches located on Islands such as jersey, Northern Ireland etc.

 

The purpose of the review is to ensure those branches have the financial ability to comply with National Rules that allow delegates to attend meetings to represent their branch membership accordingly.

 

Whilst a rebate of 29% may be sufficient funding for the majority of Branches within the CWU this conference recognises that there are a few branches that because of their special circumstances this funding may be insufficient.

 

This review should seek the views of the Branches concerned along with any financial plans and known meetings timetable with the relevant costs to that branch along with also factoring in any unscheduled briefings/meetings etc based on the previous year in order to assist the SDGS’s Department in carrying out such a review on what finances are genuinely required.

Jersey

 

 

SDGS

 

Ongoing.

 

Linked with motions 73 & 74.

 

To be considered as part of reforms under CWU Redesign Project

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

COMP

MOTION

79

 

 

 

REMITTED

Conference express it concerns over the hostile actions of the NCUSS   trustee board who reported the CWU to the Pension regulator/ombudsman.

 

Conference further notes that despite the best endeavours of the SDGS, the NEC, and Conference itself, the CWU is no nearer amalgamating its current 3 sponsored pension schemes into one. This action will save the CWU   hundreds of thousands pounds in administration costs to solicitors, actuaries etc. that could be put to better use in servicing the CWU members.

 

Indeed  as stated by the SDGS in his 2013 report stated " the reality is that, left unchecked the is issue presents the second biggest threat to the future of the CWU "

 

Therefore Conference instructs the NEC to bring this issue to a head once and for all.

 

Unless there is significant genuine progress towards the amalgamation of the 3 schemes into 1 within the next 6 months from the date of this conference the SDGS/NEC instructed to move forward with proposed changes in funding/benefits of NCUSS scheme going forward.

 

Branches will be kept update via LTBs. The NEC will produce a detailed report be to CWU General Conference 2016 either announcing the amalgamation of the 3 schemes or alternatively seeking endorsement of its dealings with the said scheme.

East London Postal

South East London Postal and Counters

North/North West London

 

 

SDGS

 

Ongoing.

 

Preliminary evaluation results received from 3 sponsored Pension Schemes.  Responses have been sent to the 3 Schemes and we have received replies to our responses.  These have been forwarded to our advisors for their consideration.

 

Further internal discussions continuing.

 

86

 

 

CARRIED

Conference welcomes the union’s continuing support for the Palestine Solidarity Campaign.  Conference registers the successful actions taken by PSC supporters to break company and local council commercial links to Veolia.  This follows from Veolia’s direct complicity with the Israeli Government illegal policy of establishing settlements on Palestinian land.  In particular, Veolia has been a leading partner in the CityPass consortium that built the light rail tramway linking West Jerusalem to illegal settlements in occupied East Jerusalem. 

 

Given this situation, Conference agrees to support initiatives to press employers to end contracts with Veolia cleaning services.  The NEC is instructed accordingly.

Harrow and District Amal

 

 

GS

 

Meeting to be arranged with PSC to establish further union support required to assist with 2016/2017 initiatives.

 

Discussions have taken place with PSC about a possible CWU joint visit to Palestine.

 

 

91

 

 

CARRIED

Conference notes the carriage of Motion 78 to 2014 general Conference. Conference is concerned at the failure of the NEC to adopt and implement the instructions within this motion. Conference instructs the NEC to implement the necessary changes to support branches in recruitment and organising by September 2015.  This to be carried out on the basis of consultation with all branches.

Coventry

 

 

GS / DGS (T&FS) & (P)

Further internal consultations required.

 

The NEC has agreed that further discussion with the Governance Committee and NEC is required. This issue will form part of the NEC agenda in future.

 

 

93

 

 

CARRIED

Twenty years ago when who wants to be a millionaire was launched it was already possible to instantaneously poll a large audience and provide an accurate result.   It seems unreasonable to believe that with all the advances in mobile technology, the internet and interoperable devices carried by the overwhelming majority of Branches that there is no possibility of either now, or soon, having the capacity to have real time accurate voting on each motion.

 

Therefore the NEC is instructed to produce a report about the feasibility of introducing such technology to CWU Conferences by no later than 31st December 2015.

 

The NEC is instructed accordingly.

South West Regional Committee

 

 

SDGS

FOS Doc 05/16 dated 05/04/16 put to 12/04/16 FOS meeting.

 

NEC doc 59/16 dated 12/04/16 went to NEC meeting on 14/04/16.

 

NEC agreed recommendations.  Will be kept under review.

 

Ongoing.

 

 

 

94

 

 

CARRIED

Conference agrees that the fast moving pace of change in politics, workplaces and industries mean all too often the deadlines set for motion submissions to CWU conferences in effect makes many of the debates had at this conference obsolete, as circumstances have moved on.

 

Conference further agrees that it is preferable to have as short as possible a lead in between the submission deadline for conferences and the conferences actually taking place.   And further, that advances in technology and electronic distribution of agendas should allow us to substantially close the gap between submission deadline and the conference starting.

 

Conference therefore instructs the NEC to work with the relevant stakeholders in the CWU to ensure the shortest possible time gap between submission deadline and the conference starting for all CWU conferences.

Western Counties

 

 

SDGS

 

Ongoing.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

95

 

 

 

CARRIED

This conference instructs the incoming National Executive Council against a backdrop of General Conference consistently failing to find sufficient time to debate all of the motions put before it for a number of years, conference agrees it is proportionate to review how much time in the conference agenda is given over to guest speakers and presentations.

 

The NEC is therefore instructed to work with the SOC to perform an analysis of how many motions get time out at General Conference and produce a report by the end of 2015 with recommendations as to how the timetable at General Conference should be amended to ensure more of the business of conference gets heard.

 

The NEC is instructed accordingly.

Western Counties

 

 

GS

 

Other priorities have prevented progress on this motion. Discussions to re-continue prior to 2017 preparations.

96

 

 

 

 

REMITTED

Conference is aware that there are more people currently working in the communications industry than ever before, however through redundancy, retirement and dismissals from our historical core industrial bases, namely Royal Mail and BT, membership of the CWU has reduced dramatically over the years.

 

The NEC are instructed to look at the organising strategies used by the CWU and compare these with the model used for the New Zealand’s ‘Together’ programme, plus those of USDAW and Unison, who have managed to recruit,and considerably increase the size of their membership, during these times of austerity, the NEC are also asked to adopt a best practice approach with the view of increasing and thus strengthening the membership of the CWU.

Merseyside and South West Lancashire

 

 

GS / DGS (T&FS) & (P)

 

 

The NEC has agreed that further discussions on organising and recruitment will take place at the NEC and this will be on a bi-monthly basis.

 

 

COMP

MOTION

100

 

 

 

 

CARRIED

Conference notes with concern that the recent GS election has highlighted the fact that there are anomalies between the rules of the CWU and individual contracts of employment of CWU officers.

 

These anomalies allow for additional costs to be borne by the CWU.

 

The NEC is instructed to produce a report to branches/conference that ensures that officers contracts of employment do not conflict with the CWU rule book.

 

Therefore unless through resignation for medical or personal issues, all officers must serve their full 5 year terms of office. It will not be within the gift of individual officers to seek re-election to their current role prior to that time.

 

Furthermore, the NEC will, as a matter of urgency, set up a sub-committee of lay NEC members who have no vested interest and headed by the SDGS. This sub-committee will produce a report to the NEC detailing any anomalies between the officers contracts of employment and the unions rule book and recommendations on how the anomalies can be rectified.

 

The NEC will then produce a full report via LTB's in time for Annual Conference 2016.

 

The NEC is instructed accordingly.

West London Postal

South West London Postal

London Parcels and Stations Amal

 

 

GS / SDGS

 

Further consideration of this motion is required by the Governance Committee and NEC.

 

 

101

 

 

 

 

REMITTED

Conference notes the great result in the Political Fund ballot and congratulates CWUHQ on a successful campaign.  It also notes the high turnout of that ballot. Conference believes that this is in part due to the ballot paper being posted out separately to “The Voice”, unlike our ballots for National Positions.  Therefore, Conference instructs the NEC to ensure that in the future all ballot papers for Executive and Officer positions are not sent to members as an enclosure in The Voice but as a separate mailing.

Birmingham, Black Country and Worcester

 

 

SDGS

 

Further analysis and consultation required.

 

A report will be made to the NEC when this is complete.

COMP

MOTION

103

 

 

 

 

CARRIED

Conference welcomed the proportionality report and the debate that took place in January 2014, and though we are disappointed that the issue of disability was not covered in this report, we are encouraged by the paragraph that talks about the plans to address the issue of representation. In the report it was highlighted that there is a lack of evidence of under-representation of people with disabilities because of the complex issues around the data and monitoring. In that paper we were told that.......

 

1.       more work needs to be prioritised to address this

2.       ensure that this group is included and involved in the process.

 

The NEC is instructed to write to the General Secretary requesting a report on how to overcome the barriers to progress on these two objectives and for the NEC to publish the report via a LTB as soon as possible after conference and certainly before the end of the year.

Greater London Combined

London Regional Committee

 

 

GS

 

The NEC in September 2015 received a Proportionality update and proposed priorities going forward.

 

LTB 675/15 was subsequently issued to branches on 16th October 2015.

 

2016 Proportionality Event took place on Wednesday 17th February 2016 at Congress House.

 

LTB 775/15 and LTBs 065/070/081/16 were issued.

 

Equal Ops Department conducting further work with the membership department on capturing Disability and LGBT data.

106

 

 

 

ACCEPTED

Conference is mindful of the progress made to date on achieving the aims of Prop 67/11 and congratulates the NEC for making Proportionality a priority. 

 

In order to help create a fully representative union and to work towards the terms of 67/11 Conference instructs the NEC to:

 

1)            Critically analyse new members in terms of gender and where declared              ethnicity and disability in order to ensure that policies are created and                 services offered which meet any specific needs that are identified for         those members,

2)            Investigate the creation of a “Branch Diversity Award” to encourage          activity in this area and which provides for recognition and reward to          the winning Branch, 

3)            Create a “Best Branch Practice” manual to assist Branches in the    running of their Branches to meet the needs of all members, this should    include such things as;               

a)       Advice on the location of Branch meetings

b)       The ability to claim for excess travel and/or dependent care costs to attend Branch meetings

c)       Advice on how to spot and mentor new activists

4)            Create a yearly Branch Planner to include notable dates for events   such as International Women’s Day and Black History Month and    dates for Internal an External Conferences.  It should also include the         closing dates for Propositions and nominations for Internal and                 External elections, to be updated as new information becomes available.

Birmingham, Black Country and Worcester

 

 

GS

 

Further NEC in September received a Proportionality update and proposed priorities going forward.

 

LTB 675/15 was subsequently issued to branches on 16th October 2015.

 

Other priorities in this area have delayed progress on this motion.  It will be the intention to give further focus to this motion.

 

107

 

 

 

 

CARRIED

Conference recognises with alarm that that rapidly changing developments within the ‘postal’ industry is likely to bring greater threats to the future of Royal Mail, CWU members and the Union than at any point in our history.

 

Conference commits the NEC to provide, where appropriate and within scope of the NEC, reasonable recourses and assistance to continue to safeguard the future of the industry our members and the Union.

 

The following should be considered:

 

*              Continue to expose the very real threat to the Universal Service                 Obligation (USO) from unfair competition including the ‘cherry    picking’;

*              Continue to ‘educate’ and influence politicians and other stake    holders;

*              In light of OFCOMS abject failure to recognise and act upon the threat             to the USO instigate a Judicial Review

 

The above list is neither prescriptive nor exhaustive and as time is not on our side the terms of this motion must be executed as a matter urgency.

London Postal Engineering

 

 

GS / DGS (P)

 

September 2015

 

CWU launched its People’s Post Campaign on 9th July 2015 in Westminster.

 

Further mass meeting held on 5th October in Manchester Cathedral to coincide with the Tory Party Conference.

 

Regular updates on the strategy and our actions will be provided to branches and members.

 

Leaflet/Poster sent to all postal members on National Postal Workers day 14th December 2015.  Includes People’s Post key messages.

 

Other key events throughout 2016 including the event in Birmingham on 4th June 2016 – and the HOC POL meeting.

COMP

MOTION

109

 

 

 

CARRIED

This Conference agrees that the NEC shall campaign vigorously within the TUC and Labour Party to have the next government to implement new laws outlawing “Zero Hour Contracts”.

 

All employees should be treated in a fair manner and given a contract based on known workload, such a contract to have a guaranteed minimum number of hours a person is required to work.

Greater Manchester Amal

Midland Regional Women’s Committee

South Midlands Postal

 

 

GS

CWU to continue to support the policy and enhance our activities through the TUC structures and the LP.

 

CWU submitted a contemporary motion to the 2015 LP Conference which included reference to zero hour’s contracts. Composite motion was carried.

COMP

MOTION 110

 

 

 

CARRIED

Conference welcomes the possibility that we may soon have a Labour government in Britain.

 

Conference also recognises that

  • The Labour Party Conference 2013 voted unanimously for the renationalisation of Royal Mail.
  • That CWU postal members voted 96% against privatisation in the 2013 Consultative Ballot.
  • That the public support the renationalisation of key industries including the postal service.

 

Conference therefore instructs the NEC to campaign for a Labour government to renationalise Royal Mail within their first term of office.

South Central Postal

Bradford and District Amal

 

 

GS

 

CWU submitted a contemporary motion to the 2015 LP Conference which restated our policy on RM Privatisation.

Composite motion was carried

 


2016 General Conference Motions

 

2016 GENERAL CONFERENCE MOTIONS

NUMBER

MOTION

POLICY
OWNER

ESTIMATED DELIVERY/PROGRESS REPORT

1

 

 

 

Carried

Conference agrees that the Communication Workers Union and its members are under attack from the Regulator Ofcom and the Government in their attacks on BT, Royal Mail and the union itself under the guise of the TU Bill.

 

The NEC are instructed to launch a campaign highlighting to both the public and the wider trade union movement about the role the regulator is playing in undermining our terms and conditions, job security and the implications to our two major employers.  The campaign will utilise advertising in both city and rural areas to highlight our concerns to the direction Ofcom has now taken and the effects it will have on customers and users alike if unchallenged.

 

Furthermore consideration should be given to a nationwide campaign across all regions of the UK starting at the close of conference utilising our existing network of communications and political clout.  This campaign should also consider using cyber campaigns against such groups that support the breakup of BT and destabilising of the postal market and Royal Mail.

 

Greater Merseyside and South West Lancs

 

 

GS

 

Ongoing

 

More detailed and focussed consideration of this motion is required.

5

 

 

Carried

This Conference agrees that the position taken by Royal Mail to ignore the decision of the Employment Tribunal by refusing to reinstate David Mitchell is an affront to natural justice.

 

We recognise and support the ongoing campaign by the Scotland No.2 Branch to have the decision reversed and pledge our unity to ensure a successful outcome.

 

To this end we instruct the NEC to:

 

1.      Give full support to the Scotland No.2 Branch

2.      Place a motion before the TUC Conference calling for Employment Tribunal decisions to be binding on employers and for a campaign to be mounted by the TUC to bring to this fruition.

3.      Engage with any political party that may support our campaign.

 

The NEC is instructed accordingly.

Scotland No.2

 

 

 

Following consideration it was agreed that we submit motions to the 2016 TUC Congress on two contemporary issues: the crisis in the Post Office and a New deal for workers.  The GS wrote to the branch to explain.

 

The issue of re-instatement and the plight of our member in Edinburgh was specifically raised by the CWU in a debate on contemporary motion 7 at 2016 TUC Congress.

7

 

 

 

Carried

Conference notes a report in the Guardian (27.8.15), which confirmed that 90 disabled people a month are dying AFTER being declared fit for work.

 

Conference believes that an urgent overhaul of the welfare system is required, specifically around more specialised support people with mental health problems and less focus on pressuring into work and stopping their benefits.

 

Whilst the Government dismissed any causal link to the deaths being caused by the cut to welfare payments, a recent coroner report directly correlates a death with the stoppage of the welfare payment.

 

This Conference instructs the NEC, in conjunction with the DAC, to strongly campaign to challenge the indignant manner in which many disabled people are being treated by the Government, in relation to what appears to be the unjust stopping of welfare payments.   This campaign should include:

 

·       Suitable spreads in the CWU Voice and internet news.

·       Coverage of the issue on CWU TV

·       Posters/Flyers and articles to be produced for the Disability in Focus publication

·       A protest outside the DWP HQ, which should be organised in conjunction with the TUC and its affiliates

·       Re-double our efforts to work and support Disability Rights NGO’s such as DPAC (Disabled People Against the Cuts)

·       A public meeting to be organised by the CWU specifically so that this issue can be debated.

 

CWU Disability Conference

 

GS / Equality Officer

The DAC has set up a small working party and is working closely with the Equal Opportunities team and Disabled People Against the Cuts.

 

The team has met with the Head of Comms about the campaign. Publicity has been given to this work on the CWU website.

 

Further work needs to be done and reports will be made to the NEC – and when appropriate, to branches.

COMP

8

 

 

Carried

Conference notes reports of the vast amounts of food supermarkets and organisations are throwing away on a daily basis, this is at a time when food banks and organisations who feed the needy and homeless are busier than ever.

 

Conference therefore instructs NEC and to work with the TUC, the Labour Party and other organisations to introduce a law that punishes supermarkets/food distributors for throwing away food that could be redistributed so if a company is found to have done so, a fine will be paid for each offence.

 

Furthermore the NEC must use any avenue at its disposal to achieve this Law becoming statute.

 

Tyne and Wear Clerical

York and District Amal

 

 

GS

 

Implementation prospects low

 

Ongoing

9

 

 

 

Accepted

Conference notes that homelessness rates among young LGBT people are likely to be much higher than their straight counterparts.   Some studies have found that in urban areas 30% of young homeless people identify as LGBT.

 

Many will already have faced a major vulnerability in facing homophobia and/or abuse at home from family members or partners.   Sexual exploitation, mental health issues, issues around substance abuse are all very real threats to the homeless LGBT population.

 

Conference acknowledges the excellent work of the Albert Kennedy Trust who in 2014 provided 8,000 nights of accommodation for young LGBT homeless people.   2014 saw a 160% increase in demand for these services.

 

The austerity measures facing those most vulnerable in society means that these people are in a very desperate state with little or no support available to them.

 

Conference urges the NEC to work in conjunction with the LGBTAC to organise a campaign to promote affiliation to the Albert Kennedy Trust.   In addition to this, the campaign should lobby Government to demand that more specialist support for homeless LGBT people is made available by local authorities.

 

CWU LGBT Conference

 

 

GS / Equality Officer

 

Ongoing work taking place. The NEC will be required to consider a national affiliation to allow local branch support.

 

The Equalities Department and LGBT to engage with the Trust and other organisations to co-ordinate future lobby activity.

 

Comp

10

 

 

Carried

 

Conference agrees that with low inflation and higher earnings the “Triple Lock” allowing Pensioners to “catch-up” on their State Pensions must be defended and maintained.

 

Conference notes the attack on the “Triple Lock” by the Institute of Economic Affairs and the Institute of Fiscal Studies urging the government to scrap it.

 

Conference further notes the Report from the Government Actuary Department adding fears the Government would have to scrap the commitment.

 

Conference agrees that the NEC will work with the RMAC to Campaign through the Labour Party, the National Pensioners Convention, the Trades Union Congress and other organisations to defend the “Triple Lock” and maintain the commitment during the life of this and the next Parliament.

Retired Members Conference

Greater Merseyside and South West Lancs

 

 

GS / SDGS

 

The CWU submitted an amendment to Motion 3 at TUC 2016 Congress - on defending workers after the Brexit Vote.

 

The amendment sought to retain the triple lock on state pensions. This formed part of composite motion 1. The CWU spoke in the debate and the motion was unanimously carried.

14

 

 

Accepted

Conference instructs the NEC in conjunction with the RMAC, to consult with the TUC, its affiliated unions and other age concern organisations to formulate and organise awareness and educational programmes which promotes the opportunities for pensioners to rightly claim benefit entitlements.

Eastern No.5

 

 

GS / SDGS

 

Ongoing

15

 

 

Accepted

 

Conference instructs the National Executive Committee to purse the following policy:

 

To lobby the present Tory Government to repeal the under occupancy charge, better known as the “Bedroom Tax”.

South and East Thames Amal

 

 

GS

 

Ongoing

16

 

 

Carried

 

This conference instructs the NEC to bestow National Honorary Membership upon:

 

Billy Hayes – Former General Secretary; Kevin Slocombe – Former National Officer; Colin O’Callaghan – Former National Officer; Glynis Winestein – Former National Officer; Ernie Purkis – Former NEC member; Bill Steel – Former NEC & PEC member; Neil Robinson – Former Chair, General Conference and Postal Conference Standing Orders Committees

National Executive Council

 

 

GS

 

April 2017

17

 

 

Carried

Conference recognises that there has been much debate and deliberation around quotas, reserved seats and the future structure of the union.

 

With this in mind there are many positions within the CWU that do not have an industrial arm and we believe this prohibits a pool of representatives from considering standing for the NEC.

 

Conference therefore agrees that the NEC should produce a report on whether one or a number of NEC positions could be purely for individuals who do not wish to sit on the industrial executives (Postal, Telecoms & Financial Services).

 

The review will allow the widest possible consultation with input from branches and regions.

 

The aim is to conclude the review by no later than November and publish to branches and regions.

 

Midlands Regional Committee

 

 

GS

 

CWU Redesign Project

 

November 2016

18

 

 

 

Remitted

Conference agrees that the future of the CWU is threatened by decreasing Membership levels across the union and the current levels of expenditure are not sustainable. Although there needs to be a strategy to design more affordable structures the CWU must also take into account the need to examine current departments to make sure they are fit for purpose and are best placed to achieve the CWU objectives and aims. To this end the NEC is instructed to commission an immediate review into the Equality Department and the Advisory Committees and Conferences. The review will provide recommendations on;

 

·       How best to achieve the CWU’s aims on proportionality

·       How to raise the level of engagement of CWU Branches at Equality Conferences

·       The need for an equality department if advisory committees can supply the relevant advice and expertise

·       The right of advisory committees to submit documents to the NEC.

·       Should motions carried at an equality conference form CWU policy without the need to be carried at General Conference.

 

The list is not exhaustive.

 

Conference instructs the NEC to publish the review along with its recommendations by 1st November 2016 and to place an appropriate motion(s) to Annual Conference 2017.

Harrow and District

 

 

GS

 

CWU Redesign Project

 

1st November 2016

27

 

 

Accepted

Conference notes with concern the lack of participation for branch ballots, particularly the 2015 Royal Mail Conduct code agreement.  A total of 30 branches did not use their vote.

 

Branches are failing the memberships who elect them by not participating in crucial ballots, on their behalf.

 

Conference requests the NEC to investigate a mandatory participation ballot process and report back to General Conference 2017.

Portsmouth and District

 

 

SDGS

 

The CWU will trial at the next opportunity a mandatory branch ballot process.

28

 

 

Accepted

The Retired Members Conference views with concern the falling numbers of the retired members as seen from National Statistics coming from CWU Headquarters.

 

The Retired Members Conference is concerned that Branches are not affording the treatment of recruitment of retired members with the time and priority it deserves.  

 

The NEC is instructed to make representations to Branch’s in order to make them aware of our concerns.

 

Retired Members Conference

 

 

SDGS

 

This issue was due to be discussed at the last RMAC which unfortunately had to be postponed. The matter will be on the agenda of the next RMAC meeting.

32

 

 

Accepted

This Conference instructs the NEC to do all it can to pressure the Tory Government into a U-turn on their plans to scrap the Human Rights Act. Conference believes that the Human Rights Act, together with the European Convention on Human Rights, have both made a positive impact  to people’s lives in the United Kingdom.

 

Conference recognises that the HRA is one of the Labour Party’s proudest achievements. Repealing it would be disastrous, not only for people within the UK, but for the message it would send to people around the world, still fighting for the rights it protects.

 

Conference believes it is hypocritical for the Tory Government to “talk” about Human Rights issues across the World whilst, at the same time, attacking and undermining human rights in the UK, and instructs the NEC to do everything possible to retain the Human Rights Act.

Mersey

 

 

GS

 

Ongoing

33

 

 

 

Accepted

Conference notes the ongoing viscous government cuts to local authorities spending which is devastating critical services to working people and removing all the gains made by working people over the decades.

 

Conference welcomes the election of Jeremy Corbyn as leader of the Labour Party on an anti-austerity programme and believes that this policy must now be actioned by Labour representatives.

 

Conference supports the decision of UNITE the union and UNISON Local Government Executive’s to call on labour controlled councils to set legal budgets based on using reserves and borrowing in order to avoid cutting jobs, conditions and services and to buy time to build a campaign locally and nationally with other councils, unions and communities to fight for the funds needed to maintain jobs and services. Conference believes that this approach will prove that Labour can make a difference and will not meekly succumb to the Tories agenda.

 

Conference agrees to support this policy and instructs the NEC to call on branches to lobby and campaign for the policy locally and to call on the TUC to call a national demonstration in 2016 in order to support local government workers and services.

Coventry

 

 

GS

 

Ongoing

34

 

 

Accepted

Conferences notes that little has changed in the financial services industry in recent years despite the 2008 crash. There is still a great demand for a publicly owned people's bank that is 100% owned by the Post Office and is not a joint venture. 

 

Conference agrees that the CWU Post Bank campaign should be re-launched and reinvigorated under the umbrella of the People's Post campaign. Post Bank would serve local communities and would also be for bank for small and medium businesses. This is a potential growth area for the Post Office and this would protect and increase jobs into the future if the campaign is successful.

 

The NEC is Instructed accordingly.

 

Bristol and District Amal

 

 

GS / DGS (P)

 

CWU submitted a contemporary motion on industrial strategy to the Labour Party Conference 2016 – which included the establishment of a Post Bank.

37

 

 

Accepted

This conference instructs the incoming National Executive Council to use all avenues in the TUC (and through the TUC, the European Trade Union Confederation), the Labour Party and the Media to highlight and oppose both the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), the Trade in Services Agreement (TiSA) and the Investor State Dispute Settlement (ISDS) aspect associated with both TTIP and TiSA

 

Central Counties and Thames Valley

 

 

GS

 

TTIP’s future remains uncertain following the decision of the UK to leave the EU. 

 

We will continue to monitor the situation and act in line with the motion.

 

 

40

 

 

 

 

Remitted

Conference recognises the very difficult position the CWU was put in as a result of the politically motivated attack on the union from the HMRC and the government about our expenses. Conference further recognises the good work that has been done to ensure that the CWU is compliant with the HMRC regulations and the law.

 

However conference notes that new regime can frequently leave our representatives out of pocket when attending CWU events, and that this acts as a disincentive to involvement for activists, particularly those with second jobs or those who rely heavily on regular overtime.


Conference further notes that there are circumstances where the CWU pays to representatives money that is not covered by the HMRC exemption and on which tax must be paid:-

 

·         Honoraria

·         Substitution Money at HQ

·         Directly employed staff in Branches

 

Conference further agrees that there may well be legitimate reasons why a branch might want to make such payment to representatives on which tax and national insurance might be paid such as attending CWU schools or Conferences.

 

Conference recognises that there could be some problems with such a system, and it would be necessary to have robust oversight to prevent abuse.

 

Therefore conference instructs the NEC to introduce a procedure whereby Branches can make payments, on which tax and national insurance must be paid, similar to the honoraria, where representatives are attending formal CWU activities.


The NEC will produce strict rules as to how, and when, these payments can be made, and all payments must go through the central finance department and not be paid directly by Branches.


Further conference notes that this could cause some additional central expenditure for CWU HQ and it is recognised that it would be reasonable for Branches to be charged a small percentage of such amounts to cover the administrative cost of the new system.


The NEC is instructed accordingly.

 

Plymouth and East Cornwall

 

 

SDGS

 

Ongoing

42

 

 

 

Accepted

Conference welcomes the excellent news of ROMEC coming home and applauds what is a magnificent victory for this trade union.

 

However conference notes that part of the cost of this deal is that new entrants in the cleaning grade will now for the first part of their employment only be earning the National Minimum wage.

 

By definition these workers will be the lowest paid adult workers in the recognised sector.

 

Furthermore it is recognised that there is a legitimate organising challenge in ROMEC and it is vital that the CWU increase its membership percentage among cleaners in ROMEC.

 

Therefore conference agrees that it is wrong in principle, and in practice, for new entrant cleaners on minimum wage to be paying the highest rate of subscriptions that the CWU charges.

 

Conference consequently instructive the executive to review and change to a more appropriate, cheaper band, the subscription rates for new entrants in ROMEC until they have received parity of pay with existing cleaners.

 

The NEC is instructed accordingly

 

Plymouth and East Cornwall

 

SDGS

 

Review presently continuing

43

 

 

Accepted

Conference accepts that online banking as currently offered by unity trust is the preferred option for many branches when processing payments proper to branch business. Conference also recognises that the current CWU rules with respect to the signatory protocols for cheque payments do not necessarily encompass the online system of endorsing payments via email. Therefore, the National Executive is encouraged to review whether an all-encompassing series of rule changes in this area are required in order to ensure good accounting practice for the future.

London 7

 

SDGS

 

Review ongoing

47

 

 

Carried

This conference endorses the union's support for Jeremy Corbyn in the Labour Party leadership election last year and believes that his election shows strong support for anti-austerity policies. Conference recognises that Jeremy has powerful opponents both inside the Labour Party and amongst the right wing press. We believe that he needs all the support he can muster and the full political resources of the union should be deployed to defend Jeremy's radical and progressive policies.

 

Furthermore Conference instructs the NEC to explain Jeremy's policies to the union at large and to campaign to increase membership of the Labour Party.

Birmingham, Black Country and Worcester

 

 

GS

 

The CWU continues to support Jeremy Corbyn MP, Leader of the Labour Party as detailed in the motion.

49

 

 

 

Accepted

This Conference welcomes the fact that the Labour Party is open to a more inclusive agenda with all labour party members having a greater say in policies and the general direction of the party.

 

Conference therefore agrees that the CWU will in principle, support proposals that aim to return more Labour Party policy-making decisions back to the Labour Party conference.

 

The detail of what is put forward or what is supported by the CWU will be a matter for the NEC and/or Conference delegation as appropriate, but a report  will be prepared before the next  National General CWU Conference on the progress towards achieving greater real and meaningful democracy in the Labour Party. The NEC is instructed accordingly.

London 7

 

 

GS

 

The CWU will continue to promote this policy though LP Conference, the NPF, the LP NEC and within TULO.

50

 

 

 

Accepted

This conference congratulates Jeremy Corbyn on becoming leader of the Labour Party.

 

Conference notes that he has pledged to democratise the party. Conference believes that this must include the Labour Party Women’s organisation and conference.

 

We call on the NEC to work with the WAC to campaign with other unions and to work with the Labour Party for a return to a motion based Labour Women’s Conference which will allow real input from women members.

 

CWU Women’s Conference

 

 

 

GS

 

Motion Discharged

 

We have progressed this matter through our LP NEC member, Andy Kerr.

 

The rule change was agreed at 2016 LP Conference. The motioned based Women’s Conference will therefore come into effect in 2017.

Comp

53

 

 

 

Carried

Conference would like to see a greater participation by the CWU at the Hazards Conference.

To achieve this the NEC are instructed to

 

·       Increase the sponsorship of the Hazards Conference through using Health & Safety Budget

·       Facilitate a stall at the conference

·       Look to sponsor  a seminar for Safety Representatives at Hazards Conference

 

It is hoped the increased participation will raise the profile of the CWU & will develop a wider partnership with other Unions.

This to be achieved by January 2017

 

North East Regional Health and Safety Forum

North West Regional Health and Safety Forum

Midland No 7

Midlands Regional Health and Safety Forum

 

Assistant Secretary HS&E

 

 

The CWU NEC agreed that we increase sponsorship of the Hazards Conference from £100 to £300.

 

CWU H&S Dept has also liaised with Hazards about a stall and seminar at the 2017 Hazards Conference.

 

LTB 261/16  was published on the 2016 National Hazards Conference

 

54

 

 

Accepted

Conference notes with concern that Accident ‘Near Miss’ reporting and recording in many Organisations and employers is both unnecessarily Over-complicated and not fit for purpose.

 

Conference instructs the NEC to campaign for the adoption of concise, straight forward, user friendly near miss procedures with effective monitoring, compliance and remedial action systems.

 

South West Health and Safety Forum

 

 

Assistant Secretary HS&E

 

 

Discussions have taken place with all major employers on their accident ‘near miss’ reporting procedures.

 

Comp

55

 

 

Accepted

The NEC is instructed to work with H&S Dept to campaign with the help of the TUC & the All Party Parliamentary Group on Occupational Safety on the following-

 

·       All  Public buildings to have an asbestos register  by 2022

·       All Public  buildings to have Asbestos removed by 2028

·       All  Buildings to have it removed by 2035 – which in effect is a 20 year Plan

 

North East Regional Health and Safety Forum

Midlands Regional Health and Safety Forum

 

 

Assistant Secretary HS&E

 

 

The CWU H&S Dept is working closely with the TUC on this campaign and has also raised it with the major employers.

 

A comprehensive report and update given to branches on this matter – LTB 767/15

 

56

 

 

Carried

Conference recognises that there is an extensive amount of research on both sex (biological differences between men and women) and gender (socially determined differences).

 

Conference further recognises that these differences affect worker’s health and safety in many different ways. These differences are too often ignored or misunderstood leading to failures in employers’ documentation when related to the health, safety and welfare of our members.

 

Conference therefore instructs the NEC to campaign to ensure that employers’ and the wider trade union community fully understand and embrace the concepts of sex and gender differences on issues of health, safety and welfare.

London Regional Health and Safety Forum

 

 

Assistant Secretary HS&E

 

 

The CWU H&S Dept is working closely with the TUC on this campaign and has also raised it with the major employers.

 

 

Comp

57

 

 

Accepted

 

Conference instructs the NEC & the Health & Safety Dept. to provide regular updates on the “Dying to Work “ campaign furthermore the CWU needs to raise awareness with all our members in all workplaces we represent in.

 

North East Regional Health and Safety Forum

Midlands Regional Health and Safety Forum

 

 

Assistant Secretary HS&E

 

 

The H&S Department has increased awareness of the campaign and has raised the matter with the main employers.

 

The H&S Department has also provided support to the General Secretary in preparation for the TUC joint fringe meeting at which he spoke on behalf of the CWU.

 

H&S Department has also met with the TUC Midlands Regional Secretary on the campaign. LTBs 260/16 and 364/16 have been published on this issue.

 

58

 

 

Accepted

Conference notes that some of our members are being subjected to working conditions and welfare facilities that were built mid-20th century and are now not considered fit for purpose for a modern employer. At the same time employers promote their businesses and technology as fit for the 21st century.

 

Conference therefore instructs the NEC to campaign to ensure that employers’ and the wider trade union community promote the improvement of employers’ premises to the highest possible standards for the purposes of current legislation on health, safety and welfare and where-ever possible beyond that statutory minimum.

London Regional Health and Safety Forum

 

 

 

Assistant Secretary HS&E

 

 

The terms of this motion has been raised with the main employers.

 

A number of issues have been identified in RMG and meetings have been held with the RMG Property Team and RMG Property Director.

 

60

 

 

Accepted

Conference notes with alarm the increasing levels of workplace stress affecting young CWU members. Increasing drive to meet customer demands is leading to an ever increasing work load for our members, and there is no evidence of the pressure decreasing. Conference instructs the NEC to investigate the main issues of workplace stress and report back any findings.

 

CWU Youth Conference

 

 

 

 

Assistant Secretary HS&E

DGS (T&FS) & DGS (P)

 

The H&S Dept has ensured both RMG and BT have signed up to the ‘Time to Change’ Pledge.

 

A Joint Fringe Meeting ‘Time to Change’ was held at CWU conference involving the H&S, Equal Opportunities and Youth Departments. LTB 267/16 was issued on this.  Over 170 people attended.

 

We also issued LTB 291/16 which gave details of the forthcoming ‘UK Work Stress Network Annual Conference 2016.

 

Motions supported at the 2016 TUC Congress.

 

CWU website article and LTB 597/16 published on World Mental Health Day (10th October 2016).

 

LT 595/16 detailing new RMG Stress Risk Assessment Process and Guidance and RMG Stress Toolkit.

64

 

 

Carried

This conference notes that with the introduction of Unionline some anomalies have come to light particularly in relation to the differences in Scottish and English Law. One such anomaly is the free will service the union provides, there must be others. We therefore instruct the NEC to investigate and resolve the service provision differences which may arise as a result in country law with a view of providing the same level of service regardless of where you live in the UK.

Scotland No.1

 

 

Assistant Secretary Legal Services

 

Motion discharged

 

Unionline Scotland was set up. See LTB 232/16. Now providing a full range of legal services.

 

Comp

68

 

 

Carried

This conference notes that 30,000 British men are living with terminal prostate cancer but are not being offered enough care and support to combat the disease.

 

This conference instructs the NEC to work with other interested organisations to obtain from Government their agreement to prioritise prostate cancer care as the number of sufferers is more than double those with breast or bowel cancers.

 

Research funding for this most common of male cancers fall well behind other cancers, the NEC are further instructed to campaign that the offer of Prostate Cancer screening is offered and available to all men over the age of 35, using the example that is in place for women re smear tests as the benchmark.

Leicestershire

York and District Amal

 

 

Assistant Secretary HS&E

 

 

The H&S Dept regularly raises awareness on prostate cancer and runs annual campaigns. We are in contact with all major charities and campaigning organisations. LTB 169/16 published detailing Prostrate Cancer Awareness Month.

 

 

69

 

 

 

 

 

Carried

Conference is becoming increasingly concerned about the increased rate of suicide within young men under the age of 45.

 

Figures collated by the Campaign Against Living Miserably (Calm) show there were 4,623 male suicides in the UK in 2014, the second highest number in 15 years and the equivalent of 12 deaths a day.

 

In this country we have a problem that we can’t shy away from anymore. Suicide is the biggest killer of men under the age of 45, 32% of men who contemplated suicide didn't want people to worry about them while 41% of men who contemplated suicide felt that they couldn't talk about their feelings.

 

With such a rise in the rates of suicide in young men, it is now becoming a serious health issue. More men feeling able to talk about their problems and seek help would be a step in the right direction. That said, improvement in attitudes alone can’t serve as a substitute for resources and the funding of services that help people when they need it.

 

Conference therefore calls for the Executive to work with charities such as CALM (Campaign Against Living Miserably) to raise awareness of the help and support that exist.

 

The Executive to arrange a campaign, by means of posters, leaflets and the relevant helplines available to encourage more of our male members to highlight and talk about any issues causing them a concern.

 

Great Western

 

 

Assistant Secretary HS&E

 

The H&S Dept is in contact with CALM and continues to do a lot of work on the subject of mental health and high rate of suicide amongst young men.

 

We promoted and raised awareness of World Suicide Day on 10th September. LTB 530/16 refers.

 

CWU website article and LTB 597/16 published on World Mental Health Day (10th October 2016).

 

70

 

 

 

Accepted

This conference agrees that people with disabilities are still subject to many forms of discrimination in the 21st Century.

 

Sadly the NHS appears to lack the necessary resources when a medical emergency arises with a person who is severely disabled without taking into account the full assessment of the patients’ needs and capabilities.

 

This conference instructs the NEC in conjunction with the DAC to lobby the government to ensure that the disability rights of all, however severe the patients disabilities are taking into account.

Portsmouth and District

 

 

Assistant Secretary Equalities

 

Ongoing

71

 

 

 

Accepted

This Conference recognises the parlous state of Social Care services and is mindful of the pressure these shortcomings place upon the NHS. 

 

Conference therefore instructs the NEC to campaign in the political arena and the trade union movement in order to improve, in the short term, Local Authority funding for Social Care and, in the longer term, to actively support the National Pensioners’ Convention’s quest for a National Health and Care Service free at the point of need and funded through general taxation.

Manchester Clerical

 

 

GS

 

Ongoing

72

 

 

 

Accepted

Meetings held with Prospective Parliamentary Candidates during the 2015 General Election campaign, showed clearly that none of the main political parties has a substantive plan for the funding of Care, either for the present time or for the future. This situation is not just to the detriment of our present and future CWU members, but to pensioners in general, and cannot be allowed to continue.

 

This Conference instructs the NEC to work with the NPC, Later Life Ambitions and other relevant pensioner organisations, during the life of the present Parliament, to secure from each of the main political parties a proposal for the funding of Care in their 2020 election manifestos, upon which CWU members and the electorate can cast their votes accordingly.

 

Midland No.1

 

GS

 

Ongoing

75

 

 

 

Carried

This Conference notes with extreme concern the humanitarian crisis in Syria and other war-torn Countries.

Conference instructs the NEC to recognise that the current migration to Europe is a humanitarian crisis, and, as such, the UK must accept our responsibilities, and welcome refugees.

 

Conference instructs the NEC to pressurise the Government to accept a “fair share” of the refugees seeking sanctuary in Europe.

 

Conference recognises and welcomes the incredible support for refugees from people in the UK expressed through donations, demonstrations, collecting, lobbying and willingness to open up their own homes.

 

Conference believes that the Government’s proposal, to take in 20,000 Syrian refugees by 2020 is pitifully inadequate.

 

Conference further rejects the language of “swarms”, “queue jumpers” and “illegals” used by the Prime Minister and others.

 

Conference instructs the NEC to ensure that the Government puts in place the necessary infrastructure to ensure that refugees and their families can integrate into their communities, with full support being given to them              

                                                                               Mersey

 

GS

The General Secretary wrote to the Prime Minister. As response was received from the Home Secretary Amber Rudd MP. This has been issued to the NEC in Doc. 155/16.

 

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