CWU North West Region Conference 2017
Manchester 17th February
The CWU North West Region Conference 2017 was held, as in previous years, at the Mechanics Institute in Manchester. Heralded as the most successful Conference to date and attended by some 90 delegates from North West CWU branches, along with this year's guest speaker DGS T&FS, Andy Kerr; this we cover in full.
The Conference documentation along with information from the stalls of Unionline, CWUHA, Pellacraft, and 1st Class Credit Union was given out as delegates signed into the Conference; and is still available for you to download here
The Conference was opened by the new North West Regional Chairperson, with opening remarks from the Regional Secretary, Carl Webb.
Next came the regional sub-committee AGMs, : Equality, H&S, Education & Learning, Political, Retired, Women's and Young Members as delegates made their way to the various rooms allocated. Each one was scheduled for 1 hour.
The matter of the Regional Committee AGM quickly followed as delegates re-assembled in the main conference room.
The first item was a short ceremony to honour the many years of dedicated work on behalf of the CWU by the former Regional
Chair, Richard Morgan.
The Conference continued with reports on the key issues facing us presented by each of the Regional Committee Secretaries or their deputy.
The very busy agenda for the day continued with delegates forming three discussion groups to look at CWU Education and Learning programme changes, identifying the key aspects of Union training at a time when the Union is facing major changes to its structure and way of promoting and defending members interests.
Next was the final groups discussions of the day - the Workplace 2020 campaign - which looked at the most important issue facing working people today - their terms and conditions and rights as employees, which are under threat by new technology, Brexit and as always government policies and the priorities of business in striving for profits above all else.
This discussion was intended to gather the evidence of workers everyday experiences in the workplaces of the UK in 2017 and will inform both the Union and the Labour party as they develope separate policies to address the current downward trend of both workers pay and their working conditions, not to mention the huge increases in zero hours contract and self-employment in the co-called 'gig economy' rather than actually employ people direct.
The full agenda of the Conference with links to the various reports and videos is below. Simply click on the highlighted section of the agenda for the item you wish to see:
NW Regional Conference Agenda
10.00 - 10.10Welcome to Conference
10:10 - 11:10Regional Sub Committees- AGMs:
* Health and Safety
11:10 - 11. 40
11.40 - 12:20
12:20 - 13.00
13.00 - 13.45
Discussion groups on the changes to CWU Education & Learning
13.45 - 14.45
14.55 - 15.00Review & Close of Conference
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