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North East Regional Conference

Our Regional Conference took place in York on 15th & 16th January 2024.

We had an excellent turnout, the conference included guest speakers and some fanstatic contributions from the delegates.  Massive thanks to everybody that attended, you helped make it a great success.


A summary of the event can be found below.      


Day 1 Conference Summary

Following the opening of conference by Trish Vollans (Acting Regional Secretary), Ian Lavery, Member of Parliament (MP) for Wansbeck speaks about the difficulties faced by trade unions in the current political climate.


Ian Lavery and Conference delegates showing support for Labours New Deal For Working People.


Kate Hudson gives details of the CWU's new Sexual Harassment process and how the union will deal with Sexual Harassment. Changes will include new rules, a new Sexual Harassment procedure and training program. There will be new Sexual Harassment toolkits and a communication plan for reps and members which will available when the new website goes live in February. There will be a new model policy that we can use with employers.


Our Regional Equality leads give an overview of the fantastic work they have been doing during the last 12 months and what plans they have for the future. This was followed by a question and answer session.


Following some excellent debate, delegates participate in the mobile phone voting game regarding reserved seats for CWU roles.


Day 1 concluded with a Gold Badge presentation by Dave Ward for John Woodhouse , Gary Hodkinson and Bob McGuire. 


Day  2 - Conference Summary  

Day 2 of our conference opens with a thought-provoking session by Julie Metcalfe.  


Barrie Jenkin our Regional lead for Health & Safety gives an overview of his goals for the next 12 months. Barrie then introduced Dave Joyce for his session on H&S.


Ray Ellis addresses conference regarding the unions national organising and recruitment strategy.



Author Ian Clayton addresses conference with inspirational stories about his past and the history of mining and industrial communities.



Delegates are split into their separate businesses (Postal and Telecoms) for discussion and Q&A regarding recruitment and organising.

Image of delegates in groups


Image of delegates in groups