Lancs & Cumbria Branch
Agenda for23/09/2019

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Alan Johnson

A former General Secretary of the Union, before the merger of UCW and NCU, and Member of Parliament is appearing in Lytham Saint Annes. He will be talking about his life as a postman, union officer, MP and lots more.
The Lancs & Cumbria Branch is obtaining tickets for this event at the Lowther Pavilion on Wednesday 9th October at 7:30pm.
More information about the evening can be found at
We are hoping to organise transport from around the Branch area.
To register your interest, contact the Branch Office.

Our Hours

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Many of our members are working for 'FREE'! They are expected, because they park their vehicle at home, to be onsite at their first job at their official start time. This can be up to an hour of travelling in some areas. And the same can happen at the end of the working day.

This means that some of our members are giving up to TEN hours of their time to BT and not getting paid for it.

The campaign was launched earlier this year with a video which can be viewed at

Members were asked to sign a petition calling for this unfair practice to be stopped but there were many who couldn't.

To help our members, CWU Head Office published a news item which can be accessed at which has a link to an online petition (also available here

The Lancs & Cumbria Branch urge all members who did not sign the paper version to go to the link and add your vote to the campaign. It will only take a few minutes.

Get involved at #CWUOurHours.

Rule Book Updated

Following Annual Conference and the changes made to the CWU Rules, an updated version of the Rule Book has been published.
The main change that affects the Branch is with regard to Retired Members in Rule6.4.8.

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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