BT Pension Review & Pay

LTB 162 has just been published and gives details of an agreement between CWU and BT on Pensions and Pay. LTB 162 refers to BTRSS and BTPS which can be downloaded by clicking the links.



The Branch AGM will be held at Enfield Cricket Club on Thursday 22nd March starting at 8pm.
A Flyer can be downloaded by clicking the image on the right of this page or by clicking here.
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CWU Redesign

The CWU is redesigning itself with new communications and lots of other ways to keep current. Find out more about CWU Redesign by clicking the link to an open Facebook feed.
Branch Officers attended a seminar where a discussion document was unveiled. The Redesign Discussion Document can be downloaded for your information. Comments must be fed back via the Branch Secretary.


LTB 134

CWU Head Office have eventually responded to Propositions to Conference 29 and 35. These propositions were in regard to the involvement of Retired Members in the Branch.
Head Office suddenly changed the 'Model Branch Constitution' late in 2016. Following enquiries by Branches, CWU Head Office published LTB 16/664 and LTB 17/723. Branches responded by putting the above props to Conference 2017 which were overwhelmingly supported by branches and resisted by Head Office.
They published LTB 573 and LTB 653 to respond to the Props.
Head Office should have responded by the end of September 2017 but failed to follow the instruction of Conference. LTB 134 gives the excuses given by Head Office for not following the instructions given by Conference. They do NOT however explain the legal advice given and in LTB 134 say "The NEC ....... are not publishing the legal advice...".
LTB 134, which can be downloaded here, was published after normal Propostions to Conference had been circulated. Head Office has now responded to the propositions from 2017 and therefore branches will be carefully reading the LTB. National Rules will need to be changed along with the 'Model Branch Constitution' and discussed at the upcoming Conference. We will keep you updated on future developments when available.


Workers Memorial Day

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NPC Campaign bulletin 129

Here is the March 2018 issue of "Campaign! The NPC's monthly bulletin for activists in the pensioners' movement."
The lead story comments on Jeremy Paxton not claiming his winter fuel allowance or his state pension. For many pensioners these are essential to existing in the current climate.


23rd February 2018

Ian has published some documents relevant to Retired Members. They can also be found on the Retired Members page.


CWU Retired Members Forum - 10th April

The CWU North West Retired Members Council are holding a CWU Retired Members Forum on Tuesday 10th April 2018 at the Mechanics Institute, Manchester, M1 6DD, commencing at 10.30am.
Guest speakers confirmed are Jan Shortt , General Secretary of the National Pensioners Convention and Tony Kearns’ CWU Senior DGS. More speakers to be confirmed.
This forum is open to all CWU retired members in the North West and I hope all Branch Secretaries will help us promote this event.
All branch representatives (young and old) are welcome to attend - as their struggle is our struggle.


Childcare Vouchers – Changes in 2018

The Government has changed the way childcare vouchers will be applied from 1st April 2018.
See LTB 29 for the basic information and the attachment for more detail.


Policy change for vehicle speed restrictions

This year a change was made to the company policy on vehicle speed restrictions which introduced a 60 mph speed limiter on our car derived vehicles. At that time, you told us your concerns about this specific change, and since then we've been working with BT Fleet, the other lines of business, BT Group and the CWU to review the policy.
A whole range of safety, environment, service and people factors, have been taken into account during the review and as a result we're going to introduce some changes. Our car derived vehicles - the Corsa's and Fiesta's - will be returned to the previous 70 mph limit.
We'll need to make adjustments to the vehicles and this will be done by BT Fleet. We're agreeing the timescales and a programme of work to do this, so as soon as we have more details we'll let you know how it's going to be managed.
The restriction on vehicles greater than 500kg (i.e. the Doblo transit type) will remain as they are restricted to 60mph by law to all but motorways already, although we'll be monitoring any issues via the commercial vehicle forum channel.
I wanted to tell you this news as soon as the decision was made, as I know it's a topic many of you feel strongly about. I have to admit, after driving a Corsa hire car during a site visit this year I experienced the speed challenge first-hand, and found it a particular issue when driving on the motorway, so I do understand your concerns.
It's important to note that we recognise that as a driver you will always have the scope and opportunity to be able to drive in a safe and fuel efficient way where possible, and by making this change we're giving that responsibility back to you.
I hope you agree that we've listened and acted on your feedback to make this change, it goes without saying that I expect everyone in EES to drive with care and attention at all times.
Please drive safely.

Mark BW



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Wow! That was close.

If you've just had a Near Miss then get it reported. Next time, you may not be so lucky. Or a workmate may suffer just because of your inaction. Download a FLYER and hang it in your van or office.


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