The retired members' section is run entirely for members of the branch that have retired and are no longer employed. Ian Lorimer is the Chair and Doreen Watson is the Secretary.
Events are regularly held and all members of the retired section are welcome to attend. There is a festive gathering around Christmas when retired members are invited to meet for a meal.
If you want more information, please contact Doreen.
Here is the April 2018 issue of "Campaign! The NPC's monthly bulletin for activists in the pensioners' movement."
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.
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 Propositions 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.
Here is the March 2018 issue of "Campaign! The NPC's monthly bulletin for activists in the pensioners' movement."
The lead story comments on Jeremy Paxton not claiming his winter fuel allowance or his state pension. For many pensioners these are essential to existing in the current climate.
Ian has published some documents relevant to Retired Members
Wednesday 6th December saw the Retired Members Section Christmas Meeting & Lunch take place in the Greyfriar (Weatherspoons) on Friargate in Preston. 32 retired members attended, with apologies from 7. Although the meeting was short and sweet the only item on the agenda was to elect 2 members to attend the CWU Retired Members Conference in London to represent Lancs & Cumbria Branch. Members present were asked if anyone wanted to attend but this drew a nil response from the floor. Doreen and I asked to be considered to attend and a show of hands confirmed we could apply to attend.
It was nice to see so many old faces and some new as well especially our "old management team" those being Glenn & Heather attending their first meeting and also not forgetting Steve Parks who was in tow with Heather.
Once again I have to thank our Section Secretary for organizing and running the event and on behalf of all those who attended and enjoyed the get together, may I say a huge thankyou to Doreen Watson.
The Agenda Pad for the Retired Members Conference is available HERE.
Printed copies of this report will/were distributed at the January 2018 Branch Meeting. To download an electronic copy please CLICK THIS LINK.
The minutes of a recent meeting of the Council are available here. For more information, please contact Ian Lorimer or Doreen Watson.
There was a meeting of the Retired Members Section on 13th July 2016. Here are the minutes of the meeting. We have around 345 Retired Members in the Branch. If you are not currently on the mailing list, contact Doreen through the office and get involved.
The CWU has a magazine aimed at Retired Members. Called The Link it gives the latest news and information on all issues relevant to the union's retired members.
Head Office have unveiled a new website specifically for retired members. It has lots of content and can be accessed at www.cwu.org/my-union/retired-members/.
This report of a conference held in Manchester earlier this month gives an insight into how financial professionals are thinking.
On Wednesday 8th July 2015, the Retired Members Section of the newly formed Lancs & Cumbria Branch of the CWU held its bi annual Retired Members Meeting in Wetherspoons (Greyfriars) on Friargate in Preston.
The meeting was attended by 17 members and although there were no apologies as such I feel it was well supported. Thank you to those who turned out and made the meeting worthwhile.
Tony Monks opened the meeting by reporting on the topical events of the National Pensioners Convention AGM which he attended in June, which were of great interest to those members present. He also touched on the fact that the majority of unions do not represent their retired members concerns or in fact take forward issues members have to the Government.
Tony then introduced Ian Lorimer as the new Retired Members Section Chair and also introduced Doreen Watson as the Section Secretary and then handed the meeting over to Ian to proceed with the agenda. Ian introduced himself and thanked Tony for his time in office as chairman and admitted that Tony would be a hard act to follow. Ian promised to support and help the membership to the best of his ability and that he would be ensuring he was contactable to all members whenever they need the CWU's aid and assistance.
Ian handed out copies of NPC application forms for those who wished to become members of the NPC and Doreen gave a brief outline of the membership application procedure and reiterated that the fees applicable were yearly and not monthly.
Ian passed around a petition which was requesting that the House of Commons urges the Government to maintain the winter fuel allowance, free bus passes, prescriptions and free TV licences for all over 75's. (Now being operated by the BBC)
Ian also ensured every member present had copies of the April 2015 Health Briefing produced by the NPC, the July 2015 Campaign Newsletter and also a flyer headed Older People's Day, "We're an asset not a burden".
The question was asked regarding notification of the meeting and 4 members stated they had not received any mailing of this proposed meeting. AP 1 (Doreen Watson to chase up)
Ian asked if members preferred to receive notification of Section Business by e-mail or by post, Ian offered to send out a "mailing" asking the membership to show they're choice of communication for the future, and requesting members supply the e-mail addresses required. AP 2 (Ian Lorimer to instigate and complete)
The following points were raised by individuals during the "open Floor" section of the meeting and the section officers stated they would bring the matters to the next branch meeting of the Lancs & Cumbria Branch on 16th July at Enfield CC.
The difference in % increase of Union membership fees between the retired members and that of "working employees". AP 3 (Doreen Watson & Tony Monks)
The possibility of reintroducing the Xmas Shopping Coach trips that used to take place? (Rather than hire a coach through the branch, that going through a reputable coach company that already offers "xmas shopping trips" to various cities around the UK, might be more feasible. (To be made open to both working and employed members). AP 4 (Doreen Watson & Ian Lorimer)
Xmas Dinner to be held on Wednesday 12th December 2015 at Wetherspoons (Greyfriars) on Friargate, Preston, commencing at approximately 11.30 hrs.
Doreen with her exceptional organising skills had once again pulled out all the stops by organising today's meeting which I am sure was thoroughly enjoyed by the members meeting up again with old friends and reminiscing old times over a pint or two. I would like to thank Doreen on behalf of all those present for a pleasant and friendly well organised meeting.
There being no further business to discuss the meeting closed at approximately 13.00 hrs, the date of the next meeting is on Wednesday 2nd December 2015, at Wetherspoons (Greyfriars) on Friargate, Preston, commencing at approximately 11.30 hrs.
Report by Ian Lorimer (Retired Members Section Chair)