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CWU WOMEN’S CONFERENCE

Saturday 28th February 2009




       Britannia Hotel
      35 Portland Street
         Manchester
           M1 3LA
MESSAGE FROM THE GENERAL SECRETARY


Dear Colleagues,

Welcome to all Delegates, Observers and Visitors to the 2009 CWU Women’s
Conference which this year is being held in Manchester.

The WAC has traditionally been the forerunner for all of the four Advisory
Committees and this year we celebrate the 11th Motion Based Conference for
women in the CWU.

The last 12 months have seen the WAC campaign active again and I place on record
my appreciation for all of the hard work that has taken place. The approach to
developing relationships with external bodies has become further consolidated and I
know that there are plans to work in the area of highlighting awareness on the
appalling subject of illegal trafficking of women into the sex industry. Our
relationship with EAVES has already proved immensely important to guiding us in
this critical area. The CWU continues to support the Chain-Makers Festival and I am
conscious there will be a debate on this issue as indicated on the Agenda.

As General Secretary of this Union I am cognisant of the fact that there are still major
concerns with new activists coming through the union ranks particularly activists from
under-represented groups. I have always urged more women to come forward and
play their important role in this Union. I am committed to offering every reasonable
support to enable this to happen.

In closing, I would like to extend my congratulations to Linda Roy on her successful
election to the role of National Equality Officer. With the support of her Department
we have already seen some excellent progress on equality issues since her term of
office commenced.

I hope you all have an enjoyable Conference.



BILLY HAYES
GENERAL SECRETARY




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MESSAGE FROM THE NATIONAL EQUALITY OFFICER


Dear Colleagues,

It gives me immense pleasure to be able to address you for the very first time in my
new capacity as the head of Equality.

This year we converge in Manchester for what will be the 11th Motion Based CWU
Women’s Conference. The Women’s Conference has always been traditionally very
well attended and has proved to be a very important platform for women coming
through as activists with the intention of establishing themselves within this Union.

The WAC has been very active since the new committee came into being in July
2008. A number of priorities have been established and focussed upon and some of
these are described in the Annual Report.

I would like to extend a particularly warm welcome to first-time delegates. It is more
important now than ever to ensure that we have a new wave of activists coming
through.

There will be a social taking place on the night preceding the Conference and I want
to place on record my sincere thanks to the WAC Working Party 3 Group who have
worked hard to put in place the new format of entertainment that we will be providing
for you. In addition to a nice buffet menu there will be a quiz followed by a
comedienne from the comedy group Funny Women. We hope you will all be able to
attend.

I would like to place on record the Union’s thanks to Fevzi, Julie and Dionne for all
the help and support they give to members and their dedication to the cause of equal
opportunities. I would also like to thank Pat Clouder (WAC Chair) and all of the WAC
for their work throughout the year.

I hope you all enjoy the Conference.



LINDA ROY
NATIONAL EQUALITY OFFICER




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                                          CONTENTS
                                                                                                Page

Message from the General Secretary                                                                 1

Welcome from the Equality Officer                                                                  2

Welcome from the General Conference Standing Orders Committee                                      3

Standing Orders                                                                                    4

Timetable                                                                                          7

Women’s Advisory Committee Report                                                                  8

Section I: Industrial Issues                                                                     10

Section II: National Issues                                                                      11
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 General Conference Standing Orders Committee Statement
 Dear Colleagues,

 The General Conference Standing Orders Committee has again had the privilege of
 organising the agenda for this years Women’s Conference.

 In the absence of any specific regulations from the NEC governing the scope of the
 Conference, the Standing Orders Committee have decided to use the same principals that
 have been applied to the other Equality Conferences over the last few years.

 Once again the Standing Orders Committee have placed motions into either Section I
 (Industrial Issues) or Section II (National Issues) Only motions in section II, if carried, will be
 included in the ballot to decide which motions are to be put forward by the Women’s
 Conference to General Conference.

 Experienced delegates will have noticed that the Standing Orders for this Conference are
 not as detailed as those used at General Conference, this is the case in order to make it
 easier for delegates to participate fully in the proceedings. The SOC will continue to monitor
 the situation in the event that changes need to be considered for the future.

 As always the Standing Orders Committee are happy to give advice or clarify any issues that
 delegates might have with regards the Conference Procedures, so please do not hesitate to
 come and have a chat with us if you are unsure about any aspect of the Conference.

 Finally, on behalf of the Standing Orders Committee, let me wish all delegates a successful
 Conference.

 Jimmy Machin and Joyce Stevenson
 General Conference Standing Orders Committee


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                              WOMEN’S CONFERENCE 2009
                                     STANDING ORDERS
1.      The sessions of the Women’s Conference shall commence in accordance with
        the timetable.

2.      Timetable
(i)     The doors of conference will open at 10.00 am with conference commencing
        at 10.30 am and closing at 4.30 pm

3.      Procedure During Debate
(i)     The Chairperson shall take no part in any discussion, except:

        (a) Wishing to exercise their right to speak as a delegate, whereby they
            should vacate the Chair in order to do so.

        (b) If the Conference requests, express a viewpoint without leaving the Chair.

(ii)    Any delegate wishing to address Conference shall indicate to the Chair by
        raising their arm and shall only speak when called to do so by the Chair.

(iii)   No delegate shall interrupt another whilst speaking, except when they wish to
        intervene to make a ‘Point of Order’. In these circumstances, the Chair
        attention should be attracted by a delegate raising their arm and shouting
        ‘Point of Order’, following which the Chair shall call for the ‘Point of Order’ to
        be put to the meeting.

        The ‘Points of Order’ which may be raised are as follows:

        (a) That the speaker is using unparliamentary language.
        (b) That the speaker is digressing from the subject of the Motion
        (c) That the rules of the Union are being broken
        (d) That there is an infringement of the customary rules of debate
        (e) There is an infringement of the Standing Orders (which shall be referred to
            the Standing Orders Committee).

(iv)    Any Motion placed before Conference will only be open for debate having
        been duly moved and seconded. The mover of any Motion shall be allowed to
        speak for a maximum period of 5 minutes with the seconder a maximum of 3
        minutes. Subsequent speakers will then be allowed a maximum of 3 minutes.
        These periods may be extended with the agreement of the majority of those
        present at the conference.

(v)     Motions standing in the name of a Branch must be moved by a delegate of
        that Branch.

(vi)    Only Branch delegates and representatives of the Women’s Advisory
        Committee shall have the right to speak on motions at Conference. The
        Women’s Advisory Committee shall be allowed one speaker in debate on
        motions standing in the name of a Branch or Women’s Regional Committee.
        No other speakers will be allowed to speak on motions unless Conference
        agrees.


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(vii) No delegate shall speak more than once on any Motion except for the mover
      who may at the closure of debate exercise their right of reply BUT only if there
      has been opposition.

4.      Closure of Debate
        The Chair shall close the debate on any issue if he/she thinks that fair
        discussion has taken place. However, any delegate who has not previously
        spoken in the debate may call for the ‘Motion be put’ on the seconding of
        which the Chair will then put to the vote. If carried, the Chair will call for the
        right of reply in the case of a Motion where opposition has been expressed.

5.      Voting
        Hand voting cards shall be issued on the basis of one per Branch in
        attendance.

        Voting shall be by a show of hand voting cards.

        Any issue will be deemed to have been carried if it receives the support of the
        majority of those present who are eligible to vote.

        A card vote may be called for if requested by at least 5 delegates present at
        the conference.

6.      Challenges
        The ruling of the Chair on any question under the Standing Orders or on
        Points of Order or Explanation shall be final unless challenged by a delegate.
        In the event of a challenge, the ruling shall be put to a vote. The ruling will be
        upheld unless a simple majority of the delegates vote not to uphold the ruling.

7.      Suspension of Standing Orders
        If any delegate wishes to discuss a new matter of urgency, the delegate must
        state the nature of the business and move the suspension of the Standing
        Orders stating the period of time that the suspension shall last. No
        suspension shall take longer than 15 minutes and no suspension shall take
        place unless a majority of the delegates present vote in support of the
        suspension.

8.      Procedure for Emergency Motions
(i)     Emergency Motions may only be submitted for inclusion in the agenda if they
        refer to a matter that could not possibly have been submitted by the published
        closing date for motions.

(ii)    Emergency Motions must reach Angela Niven CWU HQ by midday on
        Wednesday 25th February 2009.

(iii)   Branches will be advised prior to conference whether or not the Emergency
        Motion has been accepted for inclusion to the agenda.

9.      Ballots
(i)     There will be a ballot to select the two Motions that the Conference will
        forward for submission to the 2009 General Conference agenda. The ballot
        paper will be printed on the reverse of the hand voting card. Only Motions in
        Section II of the agenda that are carried are eligible for the ballot.
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(ii)    The ballot box will be open during the afternoon session and located next to
        the administration table. The SOC shall be responsible for counting the ballot
        and advising the Chair of the result, which will be announced prior to the close
        of conference.

(iii)   In the event of a tie the SOC will administer an exhaustive ballot.

10.     Prohibitions
        Smoking and the use of mobile phones are prohibited within the confines of
        the Conference Hall.

        No documents or posters must be circulated, distributed or displayed within
        the conference hall without permission of the Standing Orders Committee.




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           Timetable and Programme of Business



   10.00   Registration
   10.30   Chairperson’s Opening Remarks
   10.40   Linda Roy Equality Officer’s Address
   10.50   Billy Hayes General Secretary’s Address
   11.00   Standing Orders Committee Report & Adoption of
           Standing Orders
   11.10   Section II Motions (4 - 23)
   12.40   Guest Speaker – Valerie Shawcross, Member of the
           London Assembly
   13.00   Lunch
   14.00   Guest Speaker – Houzan Mahmoud, Organisation of
           Women’s Freedom in Iraq
   14.20   Section II Motions (Continued)
   15.30   Section I Motions (1-3)
   16.15   Ballot Result
   16.20   Summation by Chair
   16.30   Conference Close




DELEGATES ARE REMINDED THAT THE BALLOT BOX WILL BE
LOCATED AT THE ADMINISTRATION TABLE AND THAT BALLOT
PAPERS (WHICH ARE PRINTED ON THE REVERSE OF THE
BRANCH VOTING CARDS). THE BALLOT WILL BE HELD AT THE
END OF SECTION I ITEMS.




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Women’s Advisory Committee Report to CWU Women’s Conference 2009


2008 CWU Women’s Conference

The 2008 CWU Women’s Conference was held at the Holiday Inn Hotel in Belfast
and the event passed very successfully. The attendance was extremely
encouraging and there were over 160 people at the conference.

Motions 5 and 6 were chosen by Conference to be forwarded to General Conference
and these concerned issues relating to follow-up care for breast cancer patients and
campaigning on the issue of raising awareness of pensions’ issues for our female
membership. The 2008 conference was the 10th Motion Based Conference.

WAC Priorities

The WAC Priorities for 2008 were agreed as follows:

1.    Equality laws and how they affect women
2.    Support regional women’s committees
3.    Women’s Conference

The Equal Opportunities Department is pleased to report that very good progress
has been made by the Working Parties. Working Parties 1 and 3 in particular have
made excellent progress and Fact Sheets relating to the various statutory rights have
been circulated recently. In addition to this Working Party 3 have worked tirelessly to
revamp some of the processes traditionally associated with the Women’s
Conference. Delegates attending this year should notice these changes. The main
priority has been to give support to new delegates attending for the first time in the
hope that they can be encouraged to forge a successful career as an activist in our
Trade Union.

Chain-Makers Festival 2008

The CWU are now regarded as the main sponsors of the annual Chain-Makers
Festival. 2008 was no exception to this and the Women’s Committee along with the
RWC’s coincided their joint meeting to allow a very healthy CWU presence at the
2008 Festival. The Department would like to place on record the excellent support
provided by the General Secretary, the Midlands Region (Lee Baron) and Vicki
Cornelius.

Regional Women’s Committees

The 10 Regional Women’s Committees continue to operate very well. In relation to
the Northern Ireland Regional Women’s Committee the National Officer has been
successful in regenerating the Northern Ireland Committee and we are very pleased
to announce that it is now fully functioning. A lot of people were involved in helping
to make this happen and appreciation has to be given to all concerned. The RWC’s
are now much more fully self-sufficient due to them receiving their own funding and
many regions actively hold high profile events and campaigns on behalf of their
women members.



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WAC Banner

The banner continues to be shown at various demonstrations and festivals around
the UK and even Europe. On the latter the banner had the honour of being exhibited
in Paris at an exhibition which included the work of the designer Ed Hall.

Other Issues

The WAC continues to be supportive and active on a range of other issues.
Amongst these we saw some highly focussed work to support the work of the
Abortion Rights Campaign Group.

The Women’s Committee continue to make the issue of women being illegally
trafficked into the sex industry a key priority and a stunt is planned that will hopefully
raise a greater awareness amongst men who are likely to frequent places where this
abhorrent trade takes place.

The issue of breast cancer awareness also continues to be high on the agenda and
specifically the notion of care for breast cancer patients returning back to work after
their ordeals.

The WAC has a remit on the issue of extending child care provision to include ‘out-
of-hours’ periods as well. Policy on this area is already in place as a Motion was
carried at last year’s conference.

Lastly, on the issue of women in public life the Department have been regularly
promoting events through our women networks to give those members a greater
insight and inspiration to consider becoming involved in active decision-making.

CWU Women’s Committee

At the time of writing this report the Women’s Committee consisted of the following
people:

Amanda Hill, Annmarie McCall, Anne Robb, Beryl Shepherd (NEC), Helen Ogilvie,
Jackie Gatward, Karen Bosson, Kath Kelly (Vice-Chair), Katrina Quirke, Lesley
McLean (NEC), Linda Roy (Officer), Lynn Hart, Margaret Marsh, Maria Exall (NEC),
Pat Clouder (Chair), Tracey Buckley, Trish Clarke, Fevzi Hussein (WAC Coordinator
and Policy Assistant)




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                             SECTION I
                         INDUSTRIAL ISSUES

1   This Conference agrees that the current disparity in maternity leave between
    different businesses is discriminatory to our women members. For example,
    Post Office Limited allows for women to take up to 32 weeks fully paid maternity
    leave, BT allows up to one year but, other businesses, where the union has
    recognition, paid maternity leave entitlement is less. Therefore, this
    Conference instructs the WAC to use all avenues at its disposal to achieve
    parity in paid maternity leave in all businesses.

                                                London Women’s Regional Committee

2   COMPOSITE MOTION

    This conference agrees that our members on long term sick benefit
    greatly from policy allowing them to return to work through a gradual
    process. A long period away from the workplace can make it very difficult
    and stressful to return.

    Members when returning from Maternity/Adoptive leave should have the
    same access to a gradual return to work as they can take up to a year off.
    Leaving a child behind can also add to this already stressful time.

    This conference therefore instructs the WAC to campaign along with the
    NEC, and for the NEC to negotiate with the businesses for an agreement
    for parents returning from Maternity/Adoptive leave allowing them to
    return to work through a gradual process to aid and assist their return to
    work.

                                              Eastern Women’s Regional Committee
                                                                    Eastern No.5

3   This CWU Women’s Conference should note the recent re-accreditation
    received by BT for its ‘Investor’s In People’ award. Family Friendly, Flexible
    Working and Special Leave policies together with access to learning are issues
    for which BT gain the spotlight time and again. However we think it’s time that
    BT stopped ‘talking the talk’ and demonstrated they can ‘walk the walk’.

    We therefore instruct the WAC to call upon the NEC to actively pursue the
    correct implementation of these policies by the company and that they should
    not just be satisfied at complying with the accreditation process.

    The terms of this motion to be carried out as soon as possible with a report from
    the NEC being made to the WAC, before the end of 2009 on its progress.

                                                                        South Wales




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                               SECTION II
                            NATIONAL ISSUES


4   This CWU women’s conference instructs the WAC to work with the NEC to put
    forward the necessary rule changes to ensure that three retired women
    members one from each constituency are elected annually to the WAC. Should
    one constituency fail to fill their seat then the highest runner up will take up the
    vacant seat. The three additional seats will increase the numbers from 15 to 18.
    This will be funded in the same manner as at present. Nominations will take
    place in line with the present timetable. This will be carried out as soon as
    practically possible.

                                     Wales & Marches Women’s Regional Committee

5
    This Conference agrees that where a provision is in place for any given advisory
    committee this provision should apply equally to all advisory committees. At
    present we have a situation where the YAC has a representative who is able to
    attend NEC and other high profile national meetings. This provision is
    unquestionably an excellent situation for the benefit of the YAC.

    This Conference believes strongly that in the interests of fairness the provision
    stated above should apply also to the WAC. The NEC is instructed accordingly.

                                                        Women’s Advisory Committee

6   This conference recognises the excellent work done by many
    organisations in the UK to support victims of domestic violence, the
    majority of whom are women. In most situations, women are the non
    abusing parent & therefore their children must leave for safety at the
    same time as their mother.

    Children make up roughly two thirds of the refuge population, however
    children’s services in refuge organisations are starved of funds.

    Supporting children affected by domestic violence requires providing
    safety to both the child and its non-abusing parent .The long-term funding
    of children’s domestic violence services in every local area – community-
    based and refuge-based - will ensure that these children receive the
    support they require to recover from their trauma.

    This conference therefore instructs the WAC to ensure that the CWU
    support campaigns designed to increase funding for children who are
    victims of domestic violence & that are in line with existing CWU policy.
    Organisations such Women’s Aid are actively campaigning to secure the
    funding of essential local refuge services.

                                           North West Women’s Regional Committee




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7    This Conference instructs the Women’s Advisory Committee to draw up a “Best
     Practice” document for employers dealing with the Menopause as it affects
     CWU members.

     The document should include guidance on dealing with staff experiencing the
     Menopause and information for all employees on the effects of the Menopause.

                                               Birmingham Black Country & Worcester

8    Conference recognises that there are many women suffering with symptoms of
     the menopause which cause them health issues, such as hot flushes, disturbed
     sleep, memory loss and emotional distress, that affect them at work and at
     home.

     Conference also recognises that many CWU members, who suffer these
     symptoms in silence, are often embarrassed or do not feel able to raise this with
     male managers when stages of the attendance procedure have been triggered
     due to absences related to the menopause.

     Conference further recognises that there are facilities within agreements the
     CWU has negotiated with employers for attendance procedure interviews to be
     held with managers of the same sex, but believes that a campaign highlighting
     the effects of the menopause and the suffering that it can cause, must feature in
     future CWU publications such as ‘The Voice’ and ‘Women’s Talk’ and that all
     reps are made aware of the issues so they are better equipped to represent
     their members in these cases.

     Conference therefore calls on the WAC and the Equal Opportunities Dept to run
     a campaign to raise awareness of this important issue at all levels within the
     CWU and through representations to all companies where the CWU has
     members.

                                           South West Women’s Regional Committee

9    Conference welcomes and fully supports the great work and contributions that
     have resulted in Women’s health, welfare and equality becoming the daily
     business of the CWU.

     To enable this excellent record of work to be progressed to the full, this
     Conference instructs the CWU Women’s Advisory Committee (WAC) to
     undertake the role and responsibility of contacting all constituent branches and
     sections of the CWU, so that the WAC has a true picture of the rollout of
     Equality and Welfare provisions within the branch structures, predominantly in
     the Postal and Telecommunications (Engineering) constituencies.

     This exercise shall form a report that should be made available at CWU Annual
     Conference from a point in time, declared by both the WAC and the CWU Equal
     Opportunities Department.

                                                               Manchester Combined

10   Conference instructs the Equal Opportunities Dept and the NEC to
     instigate a campaign to raise awareness with regard to the “Mental Health
     Act”.

     The campaign shall include production of leaflets, articles in the Voice and
     information on the CWU website, in order to provide information which will aid
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     and assist all CWU representatives to help and support members who
     may be diagnosed with mental health problems.

                                                                          Newcastle Amal

11   Conference is concerned at the lack of information and support for Branch
     Officers dealing with members experiencing Domestic Violence. Therefore
     Conference instructs the Executive along with the Equality, Health Safety and
     Environment and Legal Departments to draw up a procedure for dealing with
     such cases. This procedure to include;

         1) The registering of all cases at CWUHQ
         2) The training of Branch Officers to deal with Domestic Violence Cases
         3) Guidance to Branches on Domestic Violence including what legal
            obligations they may have.”

                                                                  Northamptonshire Amal

12   Conference instructs the WAC to work with the NEC to ensure that in order for
     there to be fairness and equality for all our members, and to meet the demands
     of the ever changing nature of the work they do. The CWU will seek to ensure
     that all its represented members, who are not currently covered by the
     entitlement to receive free eye tests as part of the Display Screen Equipment
     (DSE) regulations, will also be able to receive free eye tests.

                                                               Shropshire and Mid Wales

13
     This Conference recognises the excellent work that has been done within the
     CWU to promote and support this important historical festival. The Chain-
     Makers Festival which celebrates the anniversary of the National Federation of
     Women Workers led by Mary Macarthur in their momentous 10-week strike
     which successfully established the right to a minimum wage is a hugely
     important part of our trade union history.

     This Conference agrees that the CWU shall until such time that a review is
     necessary on financial grounds continue to be one of the main sponsors of this
     excellent festival which has huge significance to the trade union movement.
     Conference instructs the incoming WAC to liaise with the General Secretary
     with a view to enacting this request.
                                                         Women’s Advisory Committee

14   Conference Notes the proposed cuts in welfare provision announced in the
     Queens Speech. Conference recognises the huge burden this will impose on
     working women many of whom will be thrown out of work through job cuts and
     privatisations. Conference opposes the proposed cuts in welfare provision and
     agrees to campaign along with other trade unions for decent funding and
     provision for lone parents and those on benefits to be provided in the public
     sector.

     Conference demands that benefits are increased to a level that reflects the cost
     of living, with claimants who are able to work being offered jobs on decent pay;
     or free training or free education; all with low cost, high quality child care, and all
     with no compulsion.



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     Women Workers should not be made to pay for the economic crisis that is not of
     their making Large Scale Government action should be taken to alleviate
     unemployment and the threat of job losses. Conference recognizes that just a
     fraction of the money used to bail out the banks could be used to support
     hundreds of thousand of women workers out of unemployment to be trained to
     carry out vital public services where there is an urgent need to improve support
     for e.g. in social work, teaching and nursing.
                                                                              Coventry

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     We note that in a period of economic downturn employers will look to make
     savings in labour costs, including providing conditions of work for women with
     caring responsibilities. Our hard earn rights including maternity, paternity,
     parental leave and the right to request to work flexibility must not be sacrificed
     for cost reduction. The right to flexible working and time off to care for
     dependents is not special treatment – it is necessary for us to work.

     We further note that in both the Postal & Telecom industry the productivity
     pressures are greatly increasing and we feel that managers are adopting a more
     negative approach that goes against the common sense application of our rights
     at work.

     Therefore we call on the CWU to:-

        1. Resist attempts by employers in the communication industry to roll back
           our rights.
        2. Continue to support long overdue legal improvement to flexible working
           and time off.
        3. Ensure that all women in the CWU know their rights –both legally &
           accordingly to company policy.
        4. That the rights we have are applied equally throughout the companies
           we represent.

                                                                         Central London

16   Conference is alarmed at the impact on women that the current recession is
     having.

     Conference therefore calls on the WAC to work with the executive to ensure that
     the impact on women CWU members is carefully monitored to ensure it is not
     disproportionate where redundancy or leaver packages are in place.

     It further calls on the executive to lobby the Government to put in place policies
     to protect women workers including;
              measures to ensure fair treatment of women facing redundancy
              Better access and information on benefit rights
              More support to get women back into work
              The creation of new opportunities
              Challenging job segregation
              Assistance to businesses to employ women

                                                Midland Regional Women’s Committee




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17   In 2008, 16.5 million (65%) UK households had internet access. The Internet
     can be a wonderful resource for children. They can use it to research school
     reports, communicate with teachers and other children, and play interactive
     games. Children who are old enough to punch in a few letters on the keyboard
     can literally access the world.

     No option is going to guarantee that they'll be kept away from 100% of the risks
     on the Internet. Our children are at risk from:

     *        Cyber bullying
     *        Hacking
     *        Viruses
     *        Websites of Harmful Content
     *        Sexual Predators

     This Conference recognises the importance of educating parents about
     computers, internet use, online protection and the dangers to be aware of. It is
     also important to know where to find support for victims of internet crime and
     their families.

     This motion therefore calls for the WAC to establish a campaign to raise
     awareness of the dangers and help promote safe use of the web for our
     members and their children.

     The campaign objective should include producing a pamphlet providing facts
     and figures, guidance on how to protect their children and information on where
     to find external help and support. This list is not exhaustive.

                                                               Tyne and Wear Clerical

18   “Despite the Equal Pay Act 1970 and the National Minimum Wage Act 1998
     women still struggle to get a fair days pay. There is a gender pay gap in the
     communications industry due to job segregation.

     Conference notes that the Equal Opportunities Commission (EOC) Code of
     Practice on Equal Pay advocates that equal pay in organisations can only be
     achieved through regular review of the payment system for sex bias. It also
     states that payment systems should be transparent. Conference calls on the
     WAC and the NEC to address the pay gap by campaigning and lobbying the
     Government to include meaningful mandatory pay audits in the Equality Bill.

     Conference also urges the WAC and the NEC to campaign for the
     communications industry to adopt the EOC recommendations that a pay
     systems review, a pay audit, should involve the following:

         1.      Undertake a thorough analysis of the pay system by producing a
                 breakdown of all employees (including by sex, job title, and grade
                 and whether full time or part time) for each element of the pay
                 system (including for example, basic pay, performance pay,
                 occupational pension, company car and any premium payments).

         2.      Examine each element of the pay system against the data obtained
                 in 1.

         3.      Identify any elements of the pay system which the review indicates
                 may be a source of any discrimination.


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        4.      Change any rules or practices, including those in collective
                agreements, which stages 1 to 3 have identified as being likely
                sources of discrimination. This should be done through joint
                discussion. If stages 1 to 3 reveal that practices in relation to
                recruitment, selection, networking or access to training have
                contributed to discrimination in pay then these matters should also
                be addressed.

        5.      Analyse the effects of any proposed changes in practice to the pay
                system before implementation, to identify and rectify any
                discrimination which could be caused.

        6.      Give equal pay to current employees. Where the review shows that
                some employees are not receiving equal pay for equal work and the
                reasons are not justifiable, then a plan must e developed for dealing
                with this.

        7.      Set up a system of regular monitoring to allow checks to be made to
                pay practices”

                                                                                 Capital

19   Conference instructs the WAC to worth with the CWU Executive to negotiate
     with the employer to ensure paid release from duty is granted for Womens
     Officers to enable, where appropriate, that female members, have female
     representation in all cases of attendance, conduct, grievances and bullying and
     harassment.

                                            South East Women’s Regional Committee

20   Conference recognises the excellent progress made in relation to the new
     format of the Women’s Talk magazine. Feedback received by the
     Communications Department clearly shows that the magazine has been well
     received. Conference acknowledges the excellent work of the Editor Annmarie
     McCall.

     It has become evident to the WAC that some decisions were taken in relation to
     the production of the publications where the Editor was not consulted. This
     Motion reaffirms the commitment that all future publications shall be subject to
     the final endorsement of the Women’s Talk Editor.

                                                         Women’s Advisory Committee

21   Conference applauds all the good work and the achievements made by the
     Women’s Advisory Committee. However, there still seems to be a lack of black
     and ethnic minority women engaging in union activities.

     We therefore instruct the Women’s Advisory Committee to work with the Race
     Advisory Committee to investigate if there are any barriers with the objective of
     removing any barriers if identified. Further, a report to be made available at the
     women’s conference, 2010.

                                                               South East Wales Amal




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22   This Conference is appalled at the rise in "Honour Killings" in Iraq since the
     overthrow of Saddam Hussein in 2003 and urges the Women's Advisory
     Committee to work with the NEC, and all other appropriate bodies, to campaign
     against these horrific crimes.

                                                                          West London

23   Conference instructs the WAC to ensure that all future Women’s Conferences
     are to be held in a town or city that has reasonable accessibility from all regions
     and all areas of the country.



                                                             North Wales and Marches




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