Elli Reports On North West Regional Committee Meeting
The CWU North West Region's Young Worker's Officer, Elli Long reports here on the major discussions which took place on the Union's communications from HQ and the future of the Union's organisation:
On Friday 10th November I went to the regional meeting which was held in the mechanics in Manchester.
Chris Webb- Comms department
Firstly, Chris Webb spoke about the campaigns we have going on and the way forward the comms team want to go. He thanked all the reps and members for the four pillars campaign and said they didn’t expect it to go as well as it has done and he would like to see the tell BT no campaign and the close the gap campaign to be on the same scale.
Chris said in around 2 weeks the CWU app should come into play and we have had a few people testing that out to see what its like. He also said that in around 2 weeks there will be a new young workers website. He mentioned that the comms team want the union to get involved in more social media such as Instagram and snapchat I think will be great for younger members. which
Chris then went on to say they are hoping to put a comms forum sometime in March 2018 which will help people to show how social media works and also a workshop on press.
Chris then put a question to us ‘is the voice magazine still needed?’ there was some people who said they rely on that to get their information as they don’t use social media whereas I said I think with the younger workers we see most of our information on social media or the website and by the time the voice gets to our homes it’s just full of old information we have already seen.
It was great to hear from Chris and the hard work the comms team put into all these amazing campaigns we have going on and long may that continue. It is nice to see the comms department doing new, modern exciting things to engage with not only our members but the public too.
Trish Lavelle- Education and training department
To hear these is extremely worrying because we are doing all things to keep the CWU strong and fighting but we need to remember we need young reps to come through who will eventually fill roles within the CWU in the future. Having only 3.4% of reps age 18-24 is simply not good enough and we need to help establish why this is the case and what we can do as a union to increase this.
She said they are looking at merging regions and looking at the structure of the regions around the country and possibly reducing the number of regional committees that we have.
She said that they have put a VR programme in HQ as the cuts that will be made will be made from the top firstly. National executive is also looking at the CWU 3 assets, Alvescot lodge, HQ and the Elsted hotel. She said these 3 assets are worth a lot of money for the union and its looked into if we would be better off selling them and funding the money into other things. It was brought up that there should be a link between the NEC and regional level.
Trish said there will be a special conference next Autumn on the re-design.
Dan Lewis made a point that I totally agreed with and I’m sure a lot of younger reps would agree with to.
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