Voice: Postal - July/August 2011 - (Page 2)
VOICE JULY | AUGUST 2011
GENERAL SECRETARY’S COLUMN
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This long run is a misleading guide to current affairs. In the long run we are all dead
A Tract on Monetary Reform 1923 John Maynard Keynes 1883 - 1946
lice Cooper's songs seem to have been the soundtrack for various events in recent weeks, including the big day of 'Schools Out' on June 30. This was the day when teaching unions and civil servants decided to use people power to resist attacks on their pensions and terms & conditions. CWU was out and about at every level from the front line upwards. Contrary to the 'nay sayers' in the media, the support of the public was impressive. Opinion polling showed that, despite the obvious inconvenience for parents, most people understood that teachers and public servants had a strong case to act in the defence of their pensions. Because of this, there is now much talk of a change in the law with respect to industrial action ballots introducing higher thresholds in respect of turnouts in strike action ballots. UK trade union rights are already the most restricted laws in the developed world.
CWU Conference video highlights, including Billy's keynote speech
It seems that the Government, which cannot achieve a majority itself, wants to ‘elect a new people’. ‘Elected’ Unions do, in fact, constantly strive to increase turnouts in ballots, not least when it comes to leadership elections. That is why this mailing of Voice contains your ballot paper for the National Executive and Industrial Executive elections. Study the
biographies and election addresses of the candidates and make your choice. We need a leadership that reflects our membership across the UK. Your local branch will make recommendations to you. However, you alone have the right to vote - in secret and without hindrance - for whoever you think is best able to represent the union at a national level for the next two years.
Regularly updated news reports can be viewed at online at www.cwu.org
CWU in the news…
Sometimes it can be extremely difficult to get a news story in the press, no matter how much effort you put in. On other occasions it can be difficult to stop the stories you don’t want from being printed. The most unusual event, however, is the time when a story appears out of nowhere and then takes on a life of its own…
Kevin Slocombe Head of communications, firstname.lastname@example.org Follow Kevin on Twitter @KevinSlocombe_CWU
One of the latter cases developed on Sunday June 5 when a story appeared, completely out of the blue, in the Sunday Times. 'Royal Mail plans to slash another 40,000 jobs', shouted the headline and suddenly the mobile phone was red hot as all the dailies wanted to play catch up. The story had no CWU quote or input - and its source had clearly been a loose comment from an 'insider' or a planned leak. While the job cuts story wasn’t 'new' in itself, the media frenzy it triggered was centred on the new number, and the fact that the article claimed Royal Mail had an “agreement with the CWU to reduce numbers by 8,000 a year.” This second point was wholly inaccurate, but clearly believed by both source and journalist. The Sunday Times story was immediately followed up by the dailies and the CWU received calls from Radio 4's Today Programme and Radio 5 breakfast news. Swift action was needed, and the union moved fast to take control of the story - adding an official quote from a CWU spokesperson confirming we didn’t recognise the figure or the alleged agreement. The union also forcefully confirmed that it "didn't believe the company can lose 40,000 jobs without compulsory redundancies and we will be making that point clear to Royal Mail.” Getting out an official quote immediately, on the Sunday, was the only way the union could control the story before it was too late. Quick, clear and accurate responses to inaccurate stories are key tools for any modern media team…and, on that subject, congratulations and well done to my communications team for our amazing success at the TUC Communications Awards. You can read about the union's achievement inside the magazine. The fact is, however, that modernisation of our communications is receiving deserved accolades and is a tribute to everyone in the CWU.
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Voice: Postal - July/August 2011
Voice: Postal - July/august 2011
General Secretary’s Column
Improving Job Security for All
The Latest Industry News
Child’s Play at Mount Pleasant
Shaping Up to Meet Future Challenges
CWU Salures CUPW-Sttp & TUC Awards
News Updates From the Telecoms Industry
General Strike Now Needed!
Epic Relay for CWUHA
Voice: Postal - July/August 2011