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ROYAL MAIL INDUSTRIAL ACTION

5th September 2017

CWU to stage National Industrial Action Ballot of over 100,000 members in Royal Mail Group


Tomorrow the Communication Workers Union will serve notice on Royal Mail regarding the union’s intention to ballot its members for industrial action.
The dispute relates to the employment, standard of living and retirement security of its postal members and the future strategic direction of the Royal Mail Group.
Commenting on the decision, Terry Pullinger, CWU deputy general secretary (postal) said: “Talks have been taking place since April 2016, but the sense of shared purpose has drifted as privatisation has evolved.
“Quite frankly, three years or more into privatisation, we are seeing its promises shattered as the company has deserted the mutual interest approach to one of minimising cost and maximizing shareholder return. This has led to actual and intended attacks on our members’ pensions, terms and conditions and ways of working.
“The conventional wisdom of more insecure employment models, inadequate DC pension arrangements and gig economy labour practices are influencing the company’s strategic thinking, which is in direct conflict to the agreements we have in place.
“Our dispute is not only about protecting our members but also protecting a great public service and national institution – the Royal Mail Group – which should never have been privatised.
“This is not a decision taken lightly and we are very disappointed it has reached this stage. However, we are committed to seeking an agreement, remain open for talks and hope that common sense prevails over the coming weeks and that a settlement emerges that avoids any dispute and gets the company back on track with a joint vision for the future.”
Dave Ward, CWU general secretary said: "Postal workers are under relentless pressure to work faster, harder and cheaper. This has nothing to do with driving growth and innovation, it's all about the tired old thinking of privatisation and asset striping. When hundreds of millions of pounds are being paid out every year to hedge funds, as Royal Mail plans to slash workers’ pension entitlements and deny them a pay rise, there is something fundamentally wrong with the business model.
“The CWU will take whatever steps are necessary to protect and enhance our members’ terms and conditions and change the direction of the company in the interest of customers and the service.”

 

BT PENSION REVIEW

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

 

Trade Unions Win

The Tory government have been defeated by the Trade Union Movement and specifically by UNISON in the Supreme Court of Justice in London, as the imposition of Employment Tribunal Fees by the Tory/Liberal coalition government was judged to be unfair and illegal because it prevented workers from seeking justice against bad employers and their discriminatory and victimising practices.

 

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


 

Preston People

Preston People's Festival - March in Memory of Former Preston Trade Unionists - September 30th, 2017

In 1838, in a spectacular display of unity and strength, the trade unions of Preston marched together, banners flying and bands playing, to Preston Moor to listen to speeches from prominent Chartists Feargus O'Connor and Richard Marsden.

As part of the Preston People's Festival the P&SRTUC committee are planning to commemorate this March and so we invite all Branches who'd like to, to join us in a short March in Preston town centre

More information on their Facebook page.

 

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

 

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