CWU Retired Members Conference 2017
Manchester 19th January
The CWU annual retired members conference this year was held at the Mechanics Institute in Manchester and was attended by over 100 delegates from across the UK, including delegates from Northern Ireland, and of course the Retired Members Advisory Committee (RMAC) members attended and spoke on the propositions.
There were nine propositions up for debate.
The conference guest speaker was North West MP Debbie Abrahams representing Oldham East & Saddleworth who is also Labours Shadow Secretary of State for Works and Pensions. It was as shadow Secretary of State that she spoke to the conference. Her speech can be watched here
Below you can read the motions debated and select the video of the debate to watch.
Apologies for the sometimes movement of the camera. We hope it does not put you off enjoying the speeches.
Conference instructs the Retired Advisory Committee to work with the
NEC to lobby this present government to get the Care Act that was
passed in May 2014 running as it should be.
This Conference notes that 9.3 million households are headed by a
person over retirement age and that this figure is projected to grow to
13 million during the lifetime of this generation.
This Conference is concerned with the pace of closures of local accident
and emergency centres and hospitals. Barely a week goes by without
media stories of people left waiting for hours in waiting rooms.
Conference agrees that this is part of the death by a thousand cuts
political attack on our NHS.
This Conference notes that in the 2016 Autumn Statement the
Chancellor Philip’ Hammond declared that the ‘Triple Lock‘ for State
Pensions would be reviewed prior to the next general election due in
2020. This co-insides with a report from the Government Work and
Pensions Committee that the Triple Lock be scrapped as it is
unsustainable and unfair on younger people.
Conference recognises the continued under—funding of our NHS. Our
National Health Service is at breaking point. On the backdrop of gross
underfunding and continued cuts and closures of NHS services, private
companies seek to gain even more of a foothold within the NHS.
This conference recognises that retired members of the CWU have
concerns with the “value for money" they currently receive for their
membership subscription. This conference instructs the RMAC to lobby
the NEC for either;
This Conference views with deep concern the unilateral decision of the
NEC to abolish the right of CWU Retired Members to vote for their
Branch Officers, a right that has existed in this Union for 21 years since
the merger of the Unions.
This Conference agrees that the imposed changes to the Branch Model
Constitution issued in LTB 664/16 are undemocratic and stifles the voting
rights of retired members in Branch Elections.
This Conference instructs the RMAC to ask the NEC if they will request
the CWU’s General Secretary and the President to publish to the Union's
Membership the reasons and rational behind LTB664/16 REVISED
BRANCH MODEL CONSTITUTION and the additional note to be inserted
at the foot of paragraph 4.4 that states that Retired Members are not
entitled or eligible to stand for election or be able to vote in the above
elections (a) to (I)
End Of Conference Speeches:
Tony Kearns responds to the passing of Motion 7 - watch video
Dave Ward, General Secretary, end of Conference comments - watch video
You can also watch the speeches from Dave Ward, General Secretary, Tony Kearns Deputy General Secretary, and guest speaker Debbie Abrahams Shadow Secretary of State For Work and Pensions via the links above.