My name is Carl Webb and I am the North West Regional Secretary of the Communication Workers Union (CWU).
As the Regional Secretary I work directly to the General Secretary and have responsibility for overseeing the Regional Sub-Committees, branches, political and trade union activity, regional activists training, liaising with ACAS, working with the media, co-ordinating national/regional campaigns/disputes and representing the region in its dealings with the TUC and Labour party.
At present we are involved in a number of high profile campaigns i.e. Four Pillars – Postal Dispute, Our Hours, New Deal For Workers, Fighting Austerity, Dangerous Dogs – Bite Back campaign, Delivering Digital Britain, Justice for Agency Workers, Save The Post Office, The People’s Bank, and campaigning against far right organisations.
The CWU along with other trade unions and other organisations are also campaigning hard against the Government’s driven austerity.
The government says that rapid cuts cannot be avoided and that they have no alternative. We disagree.
There is an alternative to cuts in public services
- £95 billion is lost every year through tax evasion and tax avoidance by big business and wealthy individuals
- Another £27.7 billion is uncollected every year by HM Revenue & Customs, because of cuts in staff
- Almost £2billion is being spent on privatising the NHS
- Stopping the replacement of, for example, Trident, would save £78 billion
- Cracking down hard on the obscene bonuses of bankers – who caused austerity in the first place – would raise billions more.
The region is campaigning to renationalise Royal Mail, which threatens thousands of postal jobs, the Universal Service and thousands of Post Offices by breaking the link.
We will highlight all our ongoing campaigns and disputes via this website.
On occasions we will ask members and the public to actively support us this could be by attending rallies or writing and visiting your MPs. Never underestimate the influence that you have on our elected representatives.
I would encourage members to attend union meetings and take part in ballots whether that is locally or nationally.
It’s your union, have your say.
I would like to take the opportunity of thanking my fellow regional officers for their contributions to this website and Pellacraft for doing a brilliant job designing and hosting the site.
You can contact me via email: firstname.lastname@example.org