Lancs & Cumbria Branch

Annual General Meeting 2019

The Annual General Meeting of the Lancs & Cumbria Branch was held at New Meadow Street Labour Club on 18th March.
Paul O'Hagan stepped down as Secretary and in his speech thanked the Officers and Branch Members for their support over the last two years. Taking over will be Tony Pollard who has been the Deputy Secretary under Paul.
The list of Officers can be found elsewhere.
With the changes in 'Redesign' being discussed at the Annual Conference in April, it was decided that the Committee structure would remain in place until after the changes have been made.
Minor amendments have been made to the rules which reflect the closer integration of the largest Branch in the North West.

Our Hours

Our Hours
The 'Our Hours' campaign highlights BT's insistence that its employees should work for FREE! Rather than follow well-established rules that travel to and from your first task should be done in company time, they want to get this without paying YOU.
27th March will be a day when this attack on YOU will be highlighted across the country.
Stand up for your rights to be paid for working.

Committee Elections

Nominations are invited for the election of Branch Committee members. The Branch Model Constitution has been updated (see LTB078) and bars 'Retired Members' from being members of the Committee except for a representative of the Retired Members Section.
The full document can be downloaded by clicking the link above. The relevant section is reproduced below.
Constitution extract
The positions mentioned as a,b,d,e,f,g and i are shown below.
Constitution extract 2

Our Hours

CWU Head Office have launched a campaign to highlight that Openreach people (or anybody else) should not be working for free.
Publicity material can be downloaded from here.
Also available are printable stickers for your use.


What have the Branch Officers been up to over the last year? Not sure? Download a copy of the Newsletter which will tell you who is currently looking after your interests.
Please note that the Newsletter was updated on 28th February.

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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