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POSTAL DISPUTE

As the Postal dispute goes through its various phases and changes from day to day, please follow the Head Office website at www.cwu.org

 

Unionline News - September

The August/September edition of UnionLine News is attached. This edition takes a look at claims for unfair dismissal, how bosses are making workers sick and how workers feel they’re not being taken seriously. In light of the recent Ryanair flight fiasco and Monarch’s insolvency, we have an advert advertising our advice line if members wish to speak to us regarding their rights.

 

BT PENSION REVIEW

Another update to the information about BT Pensions can be found in LTB461 along with the attachment.

 

Tribunal Fees

Today (26th July 2017) the Supreme Court unanimously ruled that the government's sky-high tribunal fees are unlawful, accepting UNISON's argument that the fees are restricting working people's access to justice.

What's more, the government will have to refund any fees paid since 2013 - at a cost of about £27m.

It's a massive win for working people, and we congratulate UNISON for doggedly pursuing this case.

When tribunal fees of up to £1,200 per case were introduced in 2013, it very quickly became clear that many working people could no longer afford to uphold their rights at work.

The number of cases taken has dropped by nearly 70%. Low-paid and insecure workers have all but lost their ability to take cases, whether on non-payment of the national minimum wage, unauthorised deductions from pay, or even unfair dismissal. Only union members and the well-off were guaranteed access to justice.

And the number of discrimination cases has gone through the floor too, hurting women, workers with disabilities, black and minority ethnic and LGBT+ workers who have been unfairly treated or harassed.

The fees have been a bonanza for bad bosses, giving them a free rein to mistreat staff. As UNISON rightly argued, access to the courts is a vital component of the rule of law. Working rights aren’t worth the paper they’re written on unless they can be enforced.

This is a resounding defeat for the government, and they must act immediately to implement the court's finding. Any fees paid should be refunded as soon as possible. But even then, we'll never know how many people have missed out on justice over the last four years because they couldn't afford to pay for it.

Above all, today's result shows the value of working people standing together in trade unions. This decision will have a lasting impact, making sure people can enforce their employment rights.

The government priced workers out of justice, sending the message that fair treatment is a luxury, not a right. They've been proved wrong.

Today's victory is a great example of the value of working people standing together in trade unions.

Thanks for your support,

Frances O'Grady
TUC General Secretary


 

CWU Education

Here is a list of the CWU Education Centre courses for the next year. To download a copy click HERE. Applications to attend any course must be approved beforehand. Contact the Secretary for more details.

 

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

 

Women

Smalls For All


 

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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