Lancs & Cumbria Branch

BT Annual Results

BT's Annual Results were published on 10th May 2018 announcing job losses and job creation. LTB 274 gives more details.

BT Pension Scheme Valuation

Following the announcement of BT's profits, LTB 273 has been issued along with BT's document and the text on the BTPS website.

BT Press Speculation

There has been press speculation this morning (4th May) alleging 6500 job losses in BT. CWU Head Office have published Letter to Branches 265 with assurances that this information is incorrect.

TUC Health & Safety Reps Survey 2018

For the attention of Safety Reps. LTB 263 requests that USRs fill in a questionnaire.


Pay 2018/2019
Yes 78.6%
No 20.8%

BTPS Changes
Yes 58.2%
No 41.6%

BTRSS Changes
Yes 81.2%
No 18.7%

New Look Website

We hope this new look is more user friendly for those viewing on mobile devices. Changes had been necessary due to the change in data protection regulation and it was thought opportune to revamp the site at the same time.


Following a directive in LTB 227/18 - General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) ALL databases that contain CWU Members' data must be taken down. Unfortunately, access to the Members' Area on this website uses such a database and therefore cannot continue.
This may have a knock-on effect with other pages such as the contact details of Officers, Committee members, Union Safety Reps, etc, etc, etc.
The website manager will need to undertake extremely intense scrutiny of the pages and therefore over the next weeks there will be little information available to members.

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.

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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