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Welcome November 27, 2011

Posted by eddiefitz in About us, Carphone Warehouse, Getting involved, Irlam, Kelvin Close, News, Preston, Rights, TalkTalk, TTT, Warrington, Wednesbury.
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The Reps and fellow members of the CWU would like to offer a warm welcome to all those who have joined us in the last few months.

If you haven’t received your membership card yet you soon will. If you have any questions please contact and we will do our best to help you.

If you haven’t already, check out SOME of the many BENEFITS of your union membership here; http://www.cwu.org/benefits.html and

http://www.cwu.one1one.co.uk/  and http://www.cwu.one1one.co.uk/specialoffers.cfm




Together we can make a REAL difference

Any organisation needs honest feedback on how it is doing and we, the administrators of the ‘Workers site welcome your thoughts, ideas and feedback on what we can do to help you gain information and improve the service the CWU provides.

The union movement is all about involvment and input. If you want to get involved either as a rep or as a point of contact please contact us. Remember all correspondence to this site is confidential.

Taking any active role in the movement will increase your knowledge and your awareness of  the issues we all face in employment and society in general.

Becoming a union member helps us all to achieve…….

Respect and Dignity in the Workplace

 “Where trade unions are most firmly organized, there are the rights of the people most respected. “

Samuel Gompers

CWU main site www.cwu.org/home/

Interview with Graham Armstrong, CWU rep at Opal in Stanford House October 9, 2009

Posted by tomcwu in About us, Getting involved, Opal, Warrington.
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Graham and Frank Lang, fellow CWU rep at Opal, have recently been spreading the word to fellow TalkTalk group workers at the nearby Kelvin Close site, also in Warrington.  If you work for TalkTalk in the North West and want to speak to Graham, you can contact him on 07828 673847 or cwugraham@rocketmail.com

Why did you decide to become a rep?

The reason for me becoming a Rep at Opal was after a good hard working person was given a Final Written warning for an offence that should have been thrown out.  Weeks later she left the company.  There are people who don’t know how to speak up.   They just need good independent advice so they can make empowered decisions to defend themselves.

“Are we allowed to join a union?” August 7, 2009

Posted by tomcwu in About us, Getting involved.
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I’m sometimes shocked to hear statements like this from Carphone and TalkTalk workers:

When I joined four years ago in our induction we were told that people who had called the union before, and they had been marched off the premises, and the same thing would happen to us if we tried to get the union involved.

Just to make it absolutely clear:

  • Stories like this – and including this – are rumours, not facts.
  • You have a legal right to be a member of a union
  • You have a legal right to be active on behalf of your union (e.g. encourage others to join) during your own time (e.g. lunch and break times, after and before work)
  • Union members have a right to be represented in a discipline or grievance meeting (and some other meetings) by a union representative

That’s all folks!

Tulketh Mill CWU meeting on Wednesday – and could you be a CWU rep in the NW? June 5, 2009

Posted by tomcwu in Disciplinaries, Getting involved, News.
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We had a well attended meeting on Wednesday.  We kicked off with a short talk by Ken from the National Union of Teachers about Charles Dunstone’s plans to open a school (!) at Fulwood, near Tulketh Mill.  Teachers there are concerned that management practices used on call centre workers will be applied to them, and perhaps even to an extent on the pupils!  We will feature more information on the website shortly.

We agreed that active members would start a survey to gauge how workers really feel about life at Carphone, and what can be done to change it.  The survey is the first step in our campaign for better working conditions at Tulketh.  Would you like to get involved in surveying colleagues as well?  Let us know.

We agreed that in future we’d meet on the first Wednesday of the month at 6pm.  So the next meeting is on July 1st at 6pm, in the office opposite the Mill.  If you’re a member, you’re welcome.  Contact Tom (07894 461713, tom.e.dale@gmail.com) for more details.

Could you be a CWU rep?

On the weekend of 13th and 14th June, any CWU member working at Carphone in the North West (Preston, Warrington, Irlam), will have the opportunity to attend a union training in supporting colleagues in disciplines and grievances.  The training will allow you to find out more about the union, and learn how to help your colleagues and friends get a fair, lawful outcome in any discipline case.  It will also allow you to spot when a colleague may have a legitimate grievance against the company – in a case of unfair treatment – and understand how to take it up effectively. (more…)

Union reps: good for you, good for the company? May 19, 2009

Posted by tomcwu in About us, Getting involved.
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Apparently, yes! A joint statement setting out the positive contribution that modern union reps can make to the workplace has been launched by the TUC, the Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform (BERR) and the CBI.  (The Confederation of British Industry is the organisation of major businesses in Britain.)

Reps in Action shows how modern union representatives and company managers have worked together to deal with situations that can occur in any workplace and as a result have, for example, improved working practices, enhanced workplace training provision or lead to greener workplaces.

According to research conducted by BERR in 2007, union reps are worth between £3.4 billion and £10.2 billion to the UK economy, on the basis that their presence in a workplace brings about a combination of productivity gains, reduced staff turnover, less time off as a result of sickness, improved health and safety and better training for staff.

TUC General Secretary Brendan Barber said: ‘This joint publication reveals the positive contribution that union reps can make in the workplace. In these tough times Britain’s businesses need as much support as possible. Union reps can be a vital resource not only for unions and their members, but also for the companies and organisations that employ them.

More info: www.tuc.org.uk/extras/repsinaction.pdf

CWU is always looking for more reps in Carphone and TalkTalk.  Get in touch if it could be you.