CWU’s Annual Conference

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

2019: 28th April – 2nd May, BIC, Bournemouth

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.

All documentation and agenda’s will be issued here:

This will be updated within the next few weeks. 

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 1000 delegates representing almost 200,000 members attend the conference.

Press and media enquiries should be directed to

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