Isle of Man postal workshop – huge success!

Isle of Man CWU activists have thanked the union's national and regional leadership and the education and training department for organising an "extremely useful" industrial relations course on the island last week.

The event, attended by local branch officers and committee members, took place in the island's capital Douglas and dealt with issues ranging from grievance and discipline preparation to employment legislation and negotiation skills.

IOM postal workshop
And the "classmates" - newly elected branch chair and branch secretary Brigitte Simcox and Jo Cox, along with branch committee members and unit reps Lynda Barker, Carole Burrows, Juan Christian, Noel Tucker and John Kewley - all gave a big thumbs-up to the two days of training and workshops.

Brigitte said that the course had been "fantastic" and added: "It's been an extremely useful opportunity, not only to more fully understand the agreements we have with Isle of Man Post Office but also to network with other CWU officials including our national officer Terry Pullinger (pictured above with delegates).

Terry, who has overall responsibility for postal members on the island, said: "It's clear from the feedback that this industrial relations workshop is going to be really useful for everyone involved."

Carl Webb
And CWU North West Region secretary Carl Webb said that he had not only been extremely impressed by the "positive" contributions from the students but that he'd also found their eagerness to learn "absolutely inspirational" and added that he had "learnt absolutely loads" from the branch activists.

"They make you proud to be part of this union," he said.

Trish Lavelle
The union's head of education and training Trish Lavelle thanked everyone who took part and helped organise the course, which, she said: "Is something we hope we can repeat in the future.

"These more informal events can be extremely useful to reps out there on the front line."

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