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Finance & Full Committee meetings 2014/15

Venue: Branch Offices Doncaster

Time: 09.30 & 10.30

Friday 25th of April




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058 Harassment Complaints Database: Union Policy 
059 Mandatory Equality & Diversity Training 


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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. 


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.


Friday 14 March 2014: Midlands Regional Women's Committee. The Regional Women's Committee are holding an informal social evening starting at 18.30 hours at South Midlands Postal Branch, Queens House, 16 Queens Road, Coventry, CV1 3EG. Speakers include: Jess Phillips, Prospective Parliamentary Candidate; Janine Booth, Mental Health and Katrina Quirke, CWU National Officer - Breaking the Glass Ceiling! For more information please email: Kate at or Vera 

Saturday 22 March 2014: Stand Up to Racism & Fascism Rally. A day of action against racism has been called across Europe to coincide with Anti-Racism Day in 2014, with all eyes on the European elections in May. Along with other affiliates, the CWU has pledged its support for a mass rally against racism and fascism organised by Unite Against Fascism (UAF) in London. This will commence 11am at Central London details tbc. For more information visit Stand Up to Racism and Fascism website. 

Saturday 22 March 2014 - Sunday 23 March 2014: TUC Young Workers' Conference. The TUC Young Workers' Conference is held annually at TUC, Congress House in London. Delegates costs are £150 per delegate (which includes one night accommodation). Delegate costs are payable by the nominating affiliate. The conference allows young trade union members to take part in shaping the work programmme of the TUC Young Workers' Forum and inform TUC policy. The conference will discuss and debate motions submitted by TUC affiliates and there will also be a number of workshops on issues relevant to the issues faced by young workers. Before the formal start of the conference there will be a networking event for women delegates and visitors. This begins at 11am on Saturday 22 March in Congress House. Confirmed speakers at the conference include: Mohammed Taj, TUC President; Toni Pearce, National President NUS and Abdes Ouaddou, ITUC Qatar 2022 Rerun the Vote Campaign. For more information contact Carl Roper, TUC National Organiser and Senior Policy Officer for Young Workers. Email: Phone: 020 7467 1211. 

Saturday 22 March 2014: Stand Up to Racism & Fascism Rally. Assemble 11am at Parliament Square - Parade from Parliament Square to the rally in Trafalgar Square. A day of action against racism has been called across Europe to coincide with Anti-Racism Day in 2014 with all eyes on the European elections in May. Along with other affiliates, the CWU has pledged its support for a mass rally against racism and fascism organised by Unite Against Fascism (UAF) in London. Speakers include: Diane Abbott, MP; Natalie Bennett, Leader, The Green Party; Jerry Dammers, "Free Nelson Mandela" song writer; Farooq Murad, Secretary General, Muslim Council of Britain; Mohammad Taj, TUC President and Ava Vidal, Comedian. For more information visit or 

Tuesday 25 March 2014: The Price of a Pay Rise - The Case for Increasing Pay for Workers in the North West. To commence at 6:00pm in the Sefton Room, The Adelphi Hotel, Ranelagh St, Liverpool L3 5UL.The Government claims that the economy is in recovery but stagnating wages mean that the majority of us aren't feeling the benefit. Working people have become victims of low-pay Britain. In fact, real wages have fallen so far that now, for the first time, the majority of those living in poverty are in work - a trend that looks set to continue, unless we act now. This is why the Institute of Employment Rights, the Centre for Labour and Social Studies (Class) and the North West TUC are holding an event to discuss how we can increase pay for workers, why this is not only vital for individuals, but for society as a whole, and what we must do to create a fair, yet prosperous economy that works for working people. Speakers include: John Hendy QC, Institute of Employment Rights; Tim Roache, President of Class, Regional Secretary of Yorkshire and North Derbyshire GMB; Professor Jill Rubery, Manchester Business School; Professor Roger Seifert, Wolverhampton Business School and Duncan Weldon, Trades Union Congress. This event will be followed by a reception, with refreshments provided. To register for this free event please follow the link to the Class website: and complete the form. 

Thursday 10 April 2014: TUC Equality Briefing. This free briefing will be held at Village Hotel, Chester St David's near Ewloe, Flintshire. This will be an opportunity for trade union equality representatives from across Wales to meet with other reps doing a similar role and to discuss their work. Members of all unions are welcome to attend. Free parking is available, and there will be a free buffet; please state if you have any dietary requirements. If you would like to attend you can register by For further information contact Rhianydd Williams 02920 347010 

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 Spíritus, 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: 

Sunday 27 April - Thursday 1 May 2014: CWU Annual Conference, Bournemouth. For more information visit the CWU website 

Monday 28 April 2014: Youth Day at Annual Conference. To encourage more young members to get involved in union activity, the 28th April has been earmarked as Youth Day at this year's national annual conference in Bournemouth. The aim of the day is to give young members a taste of the union in action and an insight into the work that goes into creating and debating the policy of the union and hopefully empower more young members to become involved in union activity. Branches are encouraged to invite a young member to attend conference for the day of the 28th April as a visitor. More information will be provided about what will happen throughout the day will be communicated in due course. For more information visit the youth website at 

Friday 16 - Sunday 18 May 2014: Equality in the Workplace. For many decades trade unions have been in the forefront of the battle for equality in the workplace and in society. Through campaigning, awareness raising and representing those who suffer discrimination, the CWU makes a real difference and our work in supporting and organising LGBT members is key to this. This weekend course will be held at Alvescot Lodge, Oxfordshire and is open to all CWU members and the closing date for applications is 27 March 2014. Branches who nominate members for this course usually cover their travel and subsistence costs and release costs from work, if applicable.

Wednesday 16 - Friday 18 July 2014: South West Regional Youth Education Event. This event will take place at The Elstead Hotel in Bournemouth. The course will be on the currently relevant topic of "Trade Unions and Community Organising". Registration will take place from 17:00 on Wednesday 16th July and the course will aim to be finished by 12:00 on Friday 18th July. Application forms need to be submitted by the closing date of Friday 30th May 2014 and should be addressed to: Trish Lavelle, Head of Education & Training, CWU Education & Training Centre, Alvescot Lodge, Alvescot, Bampton, Oxon OX18 2PY. Telephone: 01993 843373; Fax: 01993 840960; email There will be some limited opportunities for youth officers from outside of the SW region to attend. Reimbursement for travel and subsistence expenditure will be the responsibility of the branch in line with normal practice. For more information contact Maxine Todd on 01993 840960 

Friday 18 - Sunday 20 July 2014: Tolpuddle Martyrs' Festival. The annual Tolpuddle Martyrs' Festival is a unique event celebrating the Tolpuddle story which dates back to the 1830s when six farm workers from Topuddle had harsh sentences imposed on them for forming a union in the 1830s. As a key date for the Labour movement, the festival is a lot more than a rally for trade unionists. Over the weekend there will be lots of debates and discussions on a wide range of topics. Controversial subjects will be tackled. Leading speakers will inform, captivate, inspire, argue with, rant at and challenge the audience. Between or even instead of the politics there will be a diverse mixture of some cracking music. Many performers will reflect the exciting burst of radical new talent that is emerging. Some old favourites will be there too. For more information visit 

Sunday 7 September- Wednesday10 September 2014: TUC Congress 2014. This year Congress will take place at the BT Convention Centre, Kings Dock, Liverpool L3 4FP. For more information please 

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