Equality Officer Jean Sharrocks 07850416517


The CWU Women’s Advisory Committee (WAC) was established to advise the NEC and the institutional committees on all matters relating to our women members.

The term of office for these positions is for a 2 year period commencing from 1st January 2012. The number of members to be elected is now 7 Postal constituency members and 6 TFS constituency members.

The Committee meets three times per year and discusses a wide range of issues. It sets it’s priorities for the year and then splits into working parties in order to follow up these priorities.

The WAC has promoted special training for women within the Union and has been involved in the establishment of the Regional Women’s Committees.

The WAC now has a direct link to all the Regional Women’s Committees, which have been established and is seeking, through them, to increase the number of women active in the Union. The WAC is also responsible for progressing matters from the CWU Women’s Conference and has campaigned on issues such as domestic violence, which the Committees see as an important issue for Trade Unions. The WAC links us with other women internationally through regular reports from the International Confederation of Free Trade Unions and from our own International UNI.

The WAC aims to improve the amount and quality of women’s participation in the CWU, to ensure that an agenda relevant to women is promoted in all National negotiations and to link up with other organisations working on behalf of women.

Committee members:

Telecom & Financial Services – 6 Lay Members     

  • Slyvia Beckett – Capital
  • Karen Bosson – Manchester Combined
  • Vivien Holding – NI Telecom
  • Jacky Morrey – Mid Wales The Marches & North Staffs
  • Jean Sharrocks – North East
  • Trish Vollans – West Yorkshire
  • Julia Upton – NEC Member

Postal – 7 Lay Members  

  • Clare Drummond – Greater Manchester
  • Jackie Gatward – Shropshire & Mid Wales
  • Kath Kelly – Newcastle Amal
  • Helen Ogilvie – Scotland No 2
  • Morag Rose – Scotland No 5
  • Vicki Turner – Leeds No 1 Amal
  • Sally Wilson – Glasgow District Amal
  • Shelly Banbury – NEC Member


Scotland Helen Ogilvie helenogilvie@live.co.uk
NI Vivien Holding vivien.holding@btinternet.com
NW Clare Drummond clare.drummond@tiscali.co.uk
Midland Jacky Morrey jmorrey@cwumidwales.org.uk
NE Vicki Turner vicki.turner@hotmail.co.uk
London Sylvia Beckett sylvia.beckett@openreach.co.uk
Eastern Linda Roy lroy@cwu.org
SE Sylvia Beckett sylvia.beckett@openreach.co.uk
SW Jackie Gatward gattypost@aol.com
Wales Jackie Gatward gattypost@aol.com

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Celebrating International Women’s day

Linda Roy, Head of Equal Opps department has said, “On international women’s day we celebrate the social, cultural, economic and political achievements of thousands of women throughout the world. It’s  also a day to remember that women are being, abused, violated, enslaved, and being denied their human rights. And sadly progress towards gender equality has slowed in too many countries. As I speak this Tory government is implementing  savage austerity cuts which are hitting women hardest. And in too many areas of society the glass ceiling still prevents too many women from achieving their full potential.  That is why I’m proud to be a member of a union which is doing so much to end discrimination, break down barriers and create a fair, just and equal society.

So it’s a day to celebrate what we’ve achieved and also to redouble our efforts to help all women in struggle to achieve equality.”


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Election of National Representative Positions – 2016

We have 2 officers who have National Representative positions for the next 2 years they are.

Jean Sharrocks who is on the Women’s Advisory Committee (WAC)

Peter Sharrocks who is on the Disabillity Advisory Committee (DAC)

Women’s Advisory Committee · Race Advisory Committee · Lesbian and Gay Bisexual and Transgender Advisory Committee · Disability Advisory Committee ·Independent Review Body Further to LTB 736/15 dated 19th November 2015, please find detailed below the results of the ballots.WOMEN’S ADVISORY COMMITTEE Postal – 7 Lay Members

Clare Drummond Greater Manchester 75,863 *Elected
Annie Ferdinando South Midlands Postal 40,941
Jackie Gatward Shropshire & Mid Wales 59,678 *Elected
Elaine Johnstone Worcester & Hereford Amal 37,945
Kath Kelly Newcastle Amal 82,120 *Elected
Helen Ogilvie Scotland No 2 56,746 *Elected
Morag Rose Scotland No 5 56,845 *Elected
Vicki Turner Leeds No 1 Amal 82,638 *Elected
Arlene Whittaker Mount Pleasant International 39,542
Sally Wilson Glasgow District Amal 75,760 *Elected


Adam Alarakhia Leicestershire 40,350
Gregory Amissah North Lancs & Cumbria 41,535 *Elected
Mark Bastiani London South West 39,581
Linford Gibbons Nottingham & District Amal 55,710 *Elected
Bimba Kasturiratne Mount Pleasant International 29,753
Asghar Khan Leeds No 1 Amal 46,037 *Elected
Bola Omoyeni South Midlands Postal 55,170 *Elected
Abdur Rasheed South East No 5 20,144
Amarjite Singh South East Wales Amal 96,455 *Elected
Gurjit Singh Wolverhampton & District Amal 38,673
Dennis Smith Eastern No 5 40,061
Rosebery Taiwo South Central Postal 54,064 *Elected
Ian Taylor Greater Manchester 73,725 *Elected

Telecom & Financial Services – 6 Lay Members

Sylvia Beckett Capital, 36,221 *Elected
Colin Bell Sth London, Surrey & North Hampshire 21,324 *Elected
Mizan Muqit West Yorkshire 9,727
Peter Pascal Mersey 33,086 *Elected
Alpesh Patel Birmingham, Black Country & Worcs 33,320 *Elected
Winston Richards Greater London Combined 28,498 *Elected
Rampal Suman West London 11,340 *Elected


Matthew Bellamy Eastern No 5 62,048
William Byrne Glasgow District Amal 62,796 *Elected
Theresa Clark Doncaster & District 75,862 *Elected
Suzanne Dorritt Newcastle Amal 80,482 *Elected
Tara Morgan Greater Manchester 84,333 *Elected
Merlin Reader Mount Pleasant International 74,539 *Elected
Kate Stewart Leicestershire 78,863 *Elected
Sally Wilson Glasgow District Amal 76,572 *Elected


Adam Alarakhia Leicestershire 45,124
Mark Bastiani London South West 57,413 *Elected
Jill Coulson Cheshire No 1 61,479 *Elected
Leif Findlay Highland Amal 39,083
Jackie Gatward Shropshire & Mid Wales 65,197 *Elected
Des Gibbons Nottingham District Amal 69,644 *Elected
Richard Hirtsch Leeds No 1 Amal 56,517 *Elected
David Hudson South Midlands Postal 41,191
Tony Pedel York & District 70,960 *Elected
Nicola Reinemann Eastern No 5 29,925
Tony Sneddon Scotland No 5 87,540 *Elected

Telecom & Financial Services – 6 Lay Members

Jonathan Bellshaw Lincolnshire & South Yorks, 29,463 *Elected
Elspeth Bettany Scotland No 1 30,473 *Elected
Natalie Fleming NI Telecoms 23,502 *Elected
Naveem Gulati West Yorkshire 5,276
Rob McCracken Capital 20,735
Peter Sharrocks North East 26,419 *Elected
Jacqui Stewart Lancs & Cumbria 34,679 *Elected
Jeffrey Till Greater London Combined 23,564 *Elected
Gail Wright Birmingham, Black Country & Worcs 19,776

INDEPENDENT REVIEW BODY Postal – 1 Lay Member, 1 SubstituteLay Member

Jay Bhundia South West Middlesex Amal 15,750
Jill Coulson Cheshire No 1 18,054
Bola Omoyeni South Midlands Postal 10,174
Sajid Shaikh Birmingham District Amal 47,923 *Elected


Jay Bhundia South West Middlesex Amal 40,397
Bola Omoyeni South Midlands Postal 51,491 *Elected

Strengthening the role of women in the CWU will result in a stronger CWU

General secretary Dave Ward described the delivery of equality and the role of women as major challenges facing the union.

Dave called for more women to come forward into leadership roles. “I want to see more women standing in elections, I want to see the first woman general secretary of the CWU,” said Dave.

The GS paid tribute to the role of his predecessor Billy Hayes in starting the proportionality agenda but stressed that he wants to see equalities work mainstreamed. “We are going to continue to integrate the work of the advisory committees into the industrial executives,” said Dave, who believes that the type of deal recently agreed with Royal Mail, whereby 23 people will be released for three months at a time for mentoring, points the way forward.

“I want to see more women standing in elections, I want to see the first woman general secretary of the CWU”Dave Ward, CWU general secretary

The GS indicated support for the national campaigns on domestic violence and against Female Genital Mutilation. He also called for support for the TUC efforts to close the pay gap.

Moving forward Dave pledged to oppose any other union taking over the CWU. He stressed that the new redesigned CWU will continue to have equality as a priority on its agenda. “I want a stronger role for women in the CWU and a stronger union as a result.”

The Womens conference recorded a record attendance of 178, the most ever for a womens or equality conference.

“We continue to see women being discriminated against at work, with the denial of flexible working rights,” said Julia, who highlighted the continuing 19 per cent differential in wages between men and women.

Julia confirmed that the union will continue its work campaigning against domestic violence and in defence of abortion rights.

Agnes applauded the fact that all the main parties in Scotland have women leaders. “The referendum campaign brought a groundswell of women becoming actively involved in politics,” said Agnes, who hoped they all stay actively involved.

The Chair of the SWC urged that the 50:50 representation for women be carried forward in public life. “If you are not at the table, you are on the menu,” quipped Agnes, who called for the woman’s voice to be heard speaking out against the austerity agenda at Westminster.

Katie told how she was spurred on when standing for an area health and safety post, when informed by a male colleague that she would stand down because she was pregnant. She won the election and continued in the role.

In debate, there was exasperation about the different businesses failure to implement policies on work life balance and parental leave.

Vicky Cornelius of Birmingham, Black Country and Worcester called for changes in the present legislation, so that companies like BT are forced to act on issues like work life balance.

A number of delegates expressed amazement at BT obtaining family friendly awards.

Kathy Kelly for the WAC suggested that the parental leave legislation is “not worth the paper it is written on.”

Corinne Shepherd from Essex Amal gave some examples of how RM managers do not understand issues like parental leave. She told how one member was told after having some time off to deal with her seven year old that her “duty was to RM not your children” and “don’t we do enough for your children?”

Gail Nicholas from the Northern and National Financial Services branch called for childcare to stop being seen entirely as the responsibility of the woman. “Let’s get away from child care is a female issue – support male and females on this issue,” said Jan.

There was strong support for a motion calling for campaigning to give women who have experienced domestic and sexual violence access to justice.

Vicky Cornelius, Birmingham, Black Country and Worcester paid tribute to Denise Marshall, the founder of the domestic violence organisation Eves, who died last August. Denise spoke at the Womens Conference a couple of years ago. Eves had its funding cut and recently stopped operating.

A motion passed calling for branches to mobilise to provide support for refugees in the ever growing crisis.

Suzanne Hunter of Edinburgh, Dundee and Borders described the British government’s response to the crisis as “rational at best and downright cruel at worst.”

Other motions passed urging action on body image and the growing instances of anorexia and bulimia, the menopause and rights to female representation.


National Domestic Violence Help Line: 0808 2000247

Male Advice and Enquiry Line: 0845 064 6800

Gender Trust Help Line: 01527 894 838

Equal Opportunities

Since the establishment of legislation to address race relations and the issue of gender discrimination, including equal pay, trade unions have been increasingly concerned to promote equality of opportunity among their members. The concern of Trade Unions has been to both address equality issues in the workplace on an individual and collective basis and also to promote greater fairness within society.

There are four Advisory Committees established which are looked after by the EO department, dealing with areas of potential discrimination.

The Equal Opportunities Department, as well as dealing with the work of these Committees and being involved in campaigning issues, gives advice to Branches on equal opportunities issues and provides assistance in respect of harassment and discrimination.

There is also assistance available if you feel that you are experiencing bullying and harassment in the workplace. The freephone number which is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week is 0800 107 1909.

Equal Opportunities toolkit 2012

The Equality Officer’s Toolkit has been produced to assist Equality Officers in their role and to allow them to learn and keep updated with equality developments as they arise. The Toolkit not only gives information on general Equality issues but also gives detailed advice on IR issues and how to deal with them, for example issues such as discipline and grievance procedures.

Our focus on equality will see our union underline its position as a leader in the field of equal opportunities and Equality Officers have a significant role to play in ensuring that equality issues are dealt with and addressed effectively at branch level.

Download the toolkit here for more information.

Various equality factsheets can be found on the following link:

You can contact the Equal Opportunities staff:

Linda Roy (Assistant Secretary and Equality Officer), Tel No: 020 8971 7238, E-mail:lroy@cwu.org

Fevzi Hussein (Policy Assistant), Tel No: 020 8971 7388, E-mail: fhussein@cwu.org

Dionne Gittens-Noel (Personal Assistant), Tel No: 020 8971 7356, E-mail:

Julie Rodrigues (Senior Secretary), Tel No: 020 8971 7309, E-mail: