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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.

He was awarded with CWU Honorary Membership, which was presented to him by Andy Kerr, Deputy General Secretary of the Union.

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.

These last two ways of working in modern UK threatens to destabilise workers rights and their ability to defend themselves from what is fact becoming a Dickensian utopia for employer enabled by a Tory government using Brexit as an excuse to abolish worker's rights, and for all time!

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 - 10.10

Welcome to Conference

10:10 - 11:10

Regional Sub Committees- AGMs:

* Equality

* Health and Safety

* Learning

* Political

* Retired

* Women

* Youth

11:10 - 11. 40

Regional Committee AGM, lnc Honorary Membership, Richard Morgan

11.40 - 12:20

”Forming a Regional Strategy" Key Priorities to be presented by each Committee Secretary or Deputy

12:20 - 13.00


13.00 - 13.45

Discussion groups on the changes to CWU Education & Learning

13.45 - 14.45

Discussion groups on Workplace 2020 campaign

14.55 - 15.00

Review & Close of Conference

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