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.


CWU Councillor Network

Saturday 25th Nov saw the inaugural meeting of the CWU councillor network which has been brought into being due mainly to the hard work and determination of our brilliant Regional Secretary Carl Webb who has envisaged a councillor network for some time.
The purpose of the network is for CWU members who are already councillors to encourage other CWU members to become councillors and also to mentor any prospective councillors.
Branch Political Officers are also involved with the councillors network as they liaise with the CLPs in their area and they too can recruit aspiring councillors.
At the above meeting there was an overview presentation from Dave Ward (CWU General Secretary} and also speaking was Andrew Towers (CWU Head of Political Strategy}. The main purpose of the meeting was to adopt Co-Chairs, discuss campaigns and decide on the next steps to be taken and how the network moves forward.
Thanks once again to Carl and his staff and to the continued success of the new network.

Mal Donoghue
Political Officer Lancs & Cumbria branch


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



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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