CWU Conference 2018 Day One Afternoon Session

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Motion 26

Conference notes that 16 year olds can:

 enter into marriage and civil partnerships,
 pay income tax and national insurance,
 obtain social security benefits in their own right,
 become a company director,
 consent to medical treatment,
 join the armed forces, a political party or a trade union;

Conference believes that young people should be given the chance to fulfil their potential and play a full part in society, including through political engagement and participation in democratic decision-making.

Conference notes that the voting age is 16 in Argentina, Austria, Brazil, Cuba, Ecuador, Guernsey, the Isle of Man, Jersey, and Scotland and further notes that the Wales Act 2017 provides the Welsh Assembly with the power to lower the voting age for its elections.

Conference agrees that, as part of the first generation to receive citizenship education, the UK's 1.5 million 16 and 17 year olds are as knowledgeable and competent to vote as other young adults and instructs the NEC to support calls on the Government to give 16 and 17 year olds a say in their long-term future by legislating to reduce the voting age to 16 for all national and local elections and referendums at the earliest possible opportunity.

Tyne and Wear Clerical


Motion was Carried

Motion 27

Conference recognises the current crisis left over for apprentices who are reeling from the collapse of the construction giant Carillion.

The bankrupt outsourcing firm had a £6.5m contract to train apprentice’s numbers estimated to be around 1400 who were training with the firm and no longer received any pay from the official receiver after 31st January 2018.

Conference instructs the NEC to work with construction unions and the TUC and Labour Party to ensure that legislation is introduced to ensure that apprentices pay will be Government protected and their training brought back in house, so they can continue their training until new and suitable placements are found
(instead of leaving them to be abandoned, without pay, work or continued training).

Newcastle Amal


Motion was Carried

Motion 28

This conference notes there is a common misunderstanding that a zero-hours contract worker has no statutory rights.

This is not true as those workers are entitled to basic rights such as National Minimum Wage, Holiday Pay and Rest Breaks based on hours they are required to work.

Some statutory rights like maternity pay and statutory sick pay depend on those workers earning above the lower earnings limit of £113 per week from one employer.Conference instructs the NEC to work with the TUC and the Labour Party to abolish the lower earnings limit for zero-hours contract workers.

Newcastle Amal


Motion was remitted to the NEC

Motion 31

This conference notes the TUC report published in September 2017 under the title ‘Is Racism Real?’

This report, based on extensive polling and stories from BAME workers shows that racism is still alive in UK workplaces.

This conference believes that the CWU can play a vital role in challenging racism in the workplace and campaigning against structural discrimination against BAME workers.

This conference instructs the NEC to take practical action to promote the CWU taking an active role to challenge racism in the workplace. This would include, but is not limited to, working with the RAC to:

 Supporting the Show Racism the Red Card ‘Wear Red’ day. This takes place in England & Wales on 20 October 2017, but will also be scheduled for 2018 in England, Scotland & Wales.

 Encourage fundraising for Show Racism The Red Card which will be used to facilitate the delivery of anti-racism education for young people & adults throughout England, Scotland & Wales.

 Ensuring that anti-racist material is circulated throughout all CWU represented workplaces, including the TUC Guide to Combatting Racist Abuse In The Workplace.

 Work with the TUC Race Relations Committee and other like-minded organisations to question as to whether Trade unions need collective bargaining on Race issues.

The NEC is instructed accordingly.

Black Workers Conference


Motion was Carried

Motion 33

We welcome the commitment in the 2017 Labour Manifesto to “reverse the privatisation of Royal Mail at the earliest opportunity”. We believe that as a Union we should seek an equally important commitment from
Labour on public ownership within the telecoms industry.

We therefore instruct the NEC to actively promote the case for a new model of public ownership that includes democratic control in the postal and telecoms sectors in the interests of workers and customers, and to advance this policy within the TUC and the Labour Party.

Our pro-active campaigning should include alliances with other Unions committed to public ownership of utilities and organisations including We Own It. The NEC is instructed accordingly.

Greater London Combined
London Regional Committee


Motion was Carried

Motion 34

Conference instructs the National Executive to work with the Political Fund Management Committee (PFMC) to lobby the Parliamentary Labour Party to submit a private members bill for the creation of a National Data Registration Base of Dog Ownership and a legal requirement of a public warning notice / sign to be displayed on any property where a dog or dogs are normally kept by the named legal dog owner.

York and District Amal


Motion was Carried

Motion 36

We believe that immigrants are being scapegoated in order to distract from Tory cuts and austerity policies.
Migrants are not to blame for falling wages, insecurity, bad housing and overstretched public services. These are the product of decades of underinvestment, deregulation, privatisation, and the harshest antiunion laws in Europe.

We believe that Labour is the party of all working people – regardless of where we are born. We support continuing rights for the 3million plus EU citizens who live in the UK and for the more than a million UK
citizens living in the EU.

We believe a system of free movement is the best way to protect and advance the interests of all workers, by giving everyone the right to work legally, join a union and stand up to their boss without fear of
deportation or destitution.

Free movement must not be used to undermine workers terms and conditions or lead to exploitation of
workers. Labour must build a society for the many, not the few. We need wellpaid, secure jobs for all, with guaranteed hours, collective bargaining and stronger, freer trade unions and we need a policy of massive
investment in council housing, public services and infrastructure.

We will campaign for Government legislation to safeguard the rights of workers in the context of free movement. Therefore we agree to support the Labour Campaign for Free Movement.

The NEC is instructed accordingly.

Greater London Combined
London Regional Committee


Motion was not carried

Motion 37

Rohingya people in Burma are being ethnically cleansed, according to a UN official, government soldiers have allegedly killed children and raped women in the northern Rakhine state. Despite nature of the
allegations, there has been relatively little media coverage of the violence.

On Wednesday 27th September 2017 Myanmar's Vice-President Henry Van Thio told the UN General Assembly that his government was"deeply concerned" about the exodus from Rakhine state, saying
Myanmar was investigating "a problem of significant magnitude".

But he repeated the government line that the reason for the upheaval was unclear and that the "great majority" of Muslims (Myanmar's government does not use the term Rohingya) had stayed behind.

This conference registers its disgust of these comments. The world has witnessed, since 25th August 2017, over 700,000 mainly Rohingya Muslim refugees fleeing Myanmar Conference understands that, although this puts Bangladesh under extreme pressure with their very limited resources, it is still shocking that these refugees are being treated like prisoners by the Bangladeshi government.

The international community has a duty to increase its aid to Bangladesh to alleviate the refugees’ harsh conditions and minimise their vulnerability to further abuse and exploitation. The UN recognises the Rohingya’s as “the most persecuted of peoples” and Amnesty International has accused the government in Myanmar of committing crimes against humanity.

Conference instructs the NEC, as a matter of urgency, to put pressure on the UK Government to seek with speed a UN resolution that calls for the return of the refugees with full citizenship rights including the
safeguarding of their human rights.

Within that perspective, Conference urges the NEC to lobby the UK Government to take a harder political stance by (if not already done by Government) immediately suspending training and supplying the Myanmar army; to deepen UN pressure on Myanmar and to encourage other countries and bodies like the EU and NATO to take similar measures, and put a stop to these atrocities and bring the culprits to justice.

South East Wales Amal
Midland No.1



Motion was Carried

Motion 42

Conference welcomes the Assaults on Emergency Workers (Offences) Bill 2017-19 which will reach the report stage on Friday 27 April.

So Conference instructs the NEC to work with Health & Safety Dept. & likeminded organisations to include all utilities workers and those where the CWU is recognised in order to get them better protection from employers on the implementation of this Bill.

North East Regional Health and Safety Forum


Motion was Carried

Motion 44

Conference instructs the NEC to campaign with all businesses where we have CWU members, like BT & Royal Mail Group, to see that all Dog legislation comes under one singular law.

As the present 11 pieces of legislation hinder prosecutions or claims for our members, this to be achieved with the assistance of the CWU Safety Dept.

Eastern No.5
Eastern Regional Health and Safety Forum


Motion was Carried

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