Health, Safety & Welfare Officer, Barrie Jenkins 07850751184

Welcome to the Communication Workers Union North East Branch, Health Safety & Environment section

The union’s National Health, Safety & Environment Department is an important department in CWU HQ with specialist responsibilities including national level negotiations with employers and with external organisations such as the TUC, HSE, and MPs etc.

The CWU places a high priority on Health, Safety and Environmental matters and has one central Health, Safety & Environmental Department with responsibility across the whole of the union. The Head of Department is National Officer Dave Joyce.

The Department aims to ensure that the CWU maintains a high profile on health, safety and environmental issues and pursues consistent policies and high standards of health and safety for the Union’s membership.

Key aims of the Department are to press for:

  • The better prevention and avoidance of accidents and ill health by employers
  • Employers to ensure that when ill health or injury arises, workers can access prompt care and advice
  • Employers to support workers so as to minimise the impact of ill health on their capability to work
  • Employers to provide safe and healthy work and workplaces, and ensure that when ill health or injury arises from work that they identify such, and avoid future recurrences.

The work of the Department is reported via the ten Regional Health and Safety Forums, LTB’s, Branch Officials Bulletins, Safety Rep Newsletter, Voice Magazine, Web Site and CWU Annual Report.

The National Executive has a Health, Safety & Environment Sub-Committee. Additionally there are T&FSE and PEC Health, Safety & Environment Sub Committees.

The union’s membership are supported locally in the workplace by trained Branch Union Safety Representatives who protect and promote their interests on Health and Safety issues, inspect the workplaces and make representations on their behalf.

Union Safety Representatives make the workplace a safer place, and it is recognised that workers are twice as safe in a workplace where there are USRs. The network of CWU Safety Representatives throughout the various employers have an important role to play and members who have health and safety concerns should raise them in the first instance with their local Branch/ USR. These concerns can be progressed by your local USR with Management directly or through the network of Health and Safety Committees and consultative arrangements established in the various Businesses through nationally recognised agreements.

At National level the Health, Safety & Environment Department deals with a wide range of policy issues and also initiates and co-ordinates a number of Health & Safety Campaigns on a wide range of issues. Branches, Safety Reps and Regional Health and Safety Forums, play an important role in promoting these issues and campaigns.

To contact the department: djoyce@cwu.org.

 

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Mental Health Foundation New Series of Short Guidance Publications – (The ‘How To’ Series) – On Stress, Anxiety, Mental Health and Sleep

 

Health Safety & Environment Department LTBs Digest 2016

The HSE have an excellent web site for Union Safety Reps. If you are a safety representative, you will find useful information here to help you do your work, and materials for you to use in your workplace at:http://www.hse.gov.uk/involvement/hsrepresentatives.htm

Here is a link to the electronic copy of the revised 1977 Safety Representatives and Consultation Regulations, as well as the ACoP, guidance and various annexes. This replaces the current “Brown Book”. It can be accessed through the “safety representatives” pages on the TUC website. www.tuc.org.uk/extras/brownbook.pdf

 

H&S Regional Forum Secretaries

SECRETARIES

CHAIRS

WALES WALES & MARCHES
Mr Anthony Hopkins
Secretary37 HeolLas AmmanfordCarmarthenshire

SA183EB

Email: anthonyhopkins67@hotmail.co.uk

Tel: 01269 596 250

Mob: 07931 537 624

Work: 01269 812 902

Mr Michael Lloyd Davies

Chair

Union Office

BT Openreach

Heol y Gors

Townhill

Swansea

SA1 6SB

Email: mick.lloyddavies@openreach.co.uk

Tel: 07850 760001

NORTH WEST NORTH WEST
Mr Anthony Salt

Secretary

North West Central Amal

CWU Office, Mowbray House

Mowbray Street

Stockport

SK1 3EJ

Email: saltybalti@sky.com

Tel: 07901 588 495

Mr Derek Maylor

Chair

Merseyside & SW Lancs

Email: safety@cwumswl.org

Tel: 01744 733 790

Tel: 07761 098 993

NORTH EAST NORTH EAST
Mr Anthony Pedel

Secretary

Central Yorkshire Amal

Harrogate LDO Claro Road

Harrogate

North Yorkshire

HG1 4EE

Email: pedelsafety17@hotmail.co.uk

Tel: 07946 381 767

Mr Peter Sharrocks

Chair

CWU North East Branch

23808 Hadrian TSC

2 Melbourne Street

Newcastle upon Tyne  NE1 2JQ

Email: petersharrocks@cwunortheast.co.uk

Tel: 07736 814 769

Tel: 0191 222 2336

SOUTH WEST SOUTH WEST
Mr Keith Franklin

Secretary

Western Counties Branch

4 Okehampton Road

Exeter

EX4 1EH

Email: javabalijavabali@yahoo.co.uk

Tel: 01392 250 479

Tel: 07958 727 852

Mr Ian Trehearne

Chair

Gloucester Amal Branch

Email: asr@glosamal.co.uk;

Tel: 01452 621 393

Tel: 07977 416 610

SCOTLAND SCOTLAND
Mr Hamish Menzies

Scotland No. 5

Perth MLO

53 Feus Road

Perth

PH1 1AA

Email: CWUScotlandNo5@aol.com

Tel: 01738 639 562

Tel: 07545 429 239

Mr Graeme Russell

CWU Office

Edinburgh, Dundee & Borders Branch

BT DRC Building

District Repair Centre

405 Gorgie Road

Edinburgh EH11 2RP

Email: safety@cwuedb.org

Tel: 0131 300 1922

Tel: 07860 346 917

EASTERN EASTERN
Mr Richard Line

Secretary

Eastern No. 5

Peterborough MC

Peterborough PE45 5PE

Email: richard.w.line@royalmail.com

Email: ahso@cwue5.org

Tel: 07857 138 383

Mr David Hill

Chair

CWU Office

Room 114

Telephone Engineering Centre

Cromwell

Cambridge CB1 3BA

Email: dave.a.hill@bt.com

Tel: 07900 586 949

SOUTH EAST SOUTH EAST
Richard Harrington

Secretary

Kent Invicta Branch

Medway Mail Centre

Strood

ME2 2BP

M:07785426882

E:  richard.harringtoncwu@yahoo.co.uk
 

Mr Ian Warrick

Chair

CWU SE 5 Branch

The Business Centre

12 Chequers Road

Basingstoke

Hampshire RG21 7PU

Tel: 0118 9596206

Mobile: 07792 252049

Email: ianwarrick@yahoo.co.uk

LONDON LONDON
Mr Michael King

Secretary

London Regional CWU Office

2nd Floor, Block E Colombo House

50/60 Blackfriars Road

London SE1 8DE

Email: mick.king@cwuglc.org

Email: secretary@cwucentrallondon.org.uk

Tel: 0207 633 0800

Tel: 0207 401 3623

Tel: 07985 589 153

Mr Peter Clements

Chair

Union Room

Greenford Mail Centre

Greenford

UB6 OGG

Email: peterclements@ntlworld.com

Tel: 0208 833 7491

Tel: 07702 687 930

MIDLANDS MIDLANDS
Mr Andrew Hickerman

Midlands Regional Health & Safety Secretary

Midland No. 7 Branch

CWU Offices

Lindsay Street

Hanley

Stoke-on-Trent

ST4 2AX

Email: health.safety@hickerman.com

Tel: 01782285 833

Tel: 07823 448 170

Mr Peter Eggleston
ChairCWUM1 BranchVice Chair and USR Safety Rep

500A Telephone House

104 Newhall Street

Birmingham

B3 1JX

Email: peggleston@cwum1.org

Tel: 0121 233 4222

Tel: 07342990544

BT Mobile: 07802158749

Fax: 0121 233 1651

NORTHERN IRELAND NORTHERN IRELAND
Lawrence C. Huston

Regional H&S Forum Secretary

(NI Telecom Branch)

CWU Office

NI Telecom Branch

Unite Buildings

26-34 Antrim Road

Belfast

BT15 2AA

Email: l.huston@btinternet.com

Email: northernirelandregion@cwu.org

Tel: 07802 787 733

Sean Doherty

Chair

Northern Ireland H&S Forum (Combined Branch)

c/o Royal Mail

Tomb Street

Belfast

BT1

Email: sean.doherty60@btinternet.com

Tel: 07801 186 866

 

 

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AGM 5th January 2017

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Changes to Driving & Road Safety Laws in 2015 – Are You Aware of Them?

Vehicle safety affects us all. Find out what changes have been made by reading LTB 573.

Van & LGV Drivers reminded to wear seatbelts at all times and don’t risk lives or your licence

Do you ‘Clunk, Click every trip? If not you are breaking the law. Read LTB 579.

Government threat to safety reps!

One of the things that completely shows how the trade union bill is based on ideology rather than any desire to change things for the better is that the focus the Government is putting on the number of strikes we have. The right to strike is of course a basic right and is also an important last resort for unions on health and safety when all else fails. It is also at one of the lowest levels for decades.

What the Government is completely ignoring is the real problem at work, which is not the 0.8 million days lost through strike action but the 28.2 million days lost every year through injuries and injuries that are caused by work. These are all preventable, and the best way to prevent them? Having trade union health and safety representatives in the workplace. Union health and safety representation halves the number of serious injuries. It is therefore mindboggling that the Government are trying to restrict the ability of union health and safety representatives to do their work by telling employers in the public sector that they must cut back on the time that representatives are given to undertake inspections, meet with employers, and help protect everyone in the workplace (whether they are a union member or not).

The TUC has produced a simple “infographic” that illustrates the government approach. It comes in various forms for use in social media or simply print off and put on a notice board. It highlights the number of days lost, taken from HSE statistics, the number of days lost through strike action from the Government’s ONS, and finally the effect that unions have in the workplace in reducing serious injuries, which you can find in the TUC report “The union effect”.

Please circulate them as widely as possible. You can print off the poster and put it up in your workplace, send out the twitter version, and post the Facebook one. Also go towww.tuc.org.uk/tubill to find out more about why you should be concerned and of course – what you can do about it.

FLOODING

As everyone knows, the North West has been battered by Storm Desmond. Cumbria has been especially hard hit claiming an unenviable record of receiving more than 34cm (over 13 inches) of rain in 24 hours.

Your safety is extremely important to you and your family. Please read LTB776: Serious Floods in Cumbria and Lancashire in the North West of England along with a short pdfchecklist that you can print off or put on your iPad or phone.

Another LTB was issued 8th December. LTB781 Flooding – Advice to Safety Representatives, Branches & Members – What to do and How to Stay Safe Before, During and After a Flood and its attachment also gives advice to members.

The Environment Agency passes on other information in LTB779 which was also issued on 8th December.

Openreach have published more guidance which members should have received. See the Safety Page for a copy, or download from HERE.

This may be the first of the season’s floods but it will not be the last. Follow the information and STAY SAFE.

We have been asked to circulate an appeal to support our union members in Cumbria. LTB 791: CWU Appeal for Members affected by the Floods in Lancashire and Cumbriagives details of the appeal and how to make contribution to your fellow workers. Christmas is a time for giving and CWU members in affected areas would welcome some Christmas goodwill.

Workers Memorial Day Hartlepool 28th April 2015,

Was once again, a very well attended service with representatives from several trade unions and members of the public.

The service included several guest speakers which included, Hugh Scullion General Secretary of the Shipbuilding and Engineering unions and former MP Ian Wright who was the Shadow Minister for Industry who both gave rousing speeches based on the WMD motto Remember the Dead Fight for the Living.

The service ended with a wreath laying ceremony to commemorate and remember those who have died in the act of simply being at work and we should never forget them, we also have to carry on the fight for a safe working enviroment for all.

Martin Nolan
USR

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