The Communication Workers Union is the biggest union for the communications industry in the UK with almost 200,000 members. 3,500 of those among you, the Great Western Branch.
Formed in January 1995 when the Union of Communication Workers joined forces with the National Communications Union, we represent members in postal, telecom, mobile, administrative and financial companies including Royal Mail Group, UK Mail and BT, Telefonica O2, Virgin Media, EE and Santander, as well as outsourcing company Capita. Our members’ expertise includes engineering, computing, clerical, mechanical, driving, retail, financial, call centre and manual skills.
We also offer our members extra benefits, such as discounted gym membership, cheap cinema tickets, holiday packages and many more.
We are a campaigning union and work hard to get our voice – YOUR voice – heard on a variety of subjects such as fair pay, pensions, just terms and conditions, health and safety, equal opportunities and politics. We are affiliated to the TUC and UNI.
The union’s first duty and responsibility is to protect and promote the interests of its members in the workplace. Reflecting a model democratic structure, every CWU member belongs to one of the union’s branches.
Each branch elects delegates to, and determines policies to be debated at, the Annual Conference which determines the policies of the union on both industrial and general issues. Between conferences, the union’s National Executive Council (NEC) is responsible for policy decisions. The NEC is elected every two years by individual postal ballot. Its division into five constituencies ensures that all industrial and occupational backgrounds have a voice. The constituencies are clerical, engineering, operates and ancillary, postal and postal technical services.
The NEC deals with all issues of a general nature, such as organisation, recruitment, finances and services. For occupational issues, it divides into two industrial executives, one for telecoms and financial services, and the other for postal issues.
The union has a number of advisory committee, mainly consisting of ordinary branch members. These are to ensure that the needs of women, ethnic minorities, retired members, young people, lesbians and gays and those with disabilities and special needs are brought to the attention of the executive.
The union is affiliated to the Trades Union Congress, the Scottish Trade Union Congress, the Wales TUC, the Irish Congress of Trade Unions, the Labour Party, the Communications International and other organisations as determined by annual conference.