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June 22, 2009

Trade Union comes together in Bournemouth

As many as 2,000 members of the Communications Workers Union (CWU) recently arrived at the Bournemouth International Centre (BIC) to talk about issues concerning the areas represented by the union, including engineering, computing, clerical, mechanical, driving, retail, financial and manual skills.
The five-day Annual Congress started early in June, where the first two days focused on issues that impact the whole trade union, in the BIC’s main Windsor Hall. The conference then divided into sectional and industrial groupings for the remaining four days, taking place in the BIC’s Windsor, Solent and Tregonwell halls.
Approval of motions aimed at improving services, new rights for carers, an end to the NHS ‘postcode lottery’ and an equalisation of maternity leave rights summarises Sunday’s conference business. Monday’s conference session saw GMB general secretary Paul Kenney receive a rousing reception when he vowed that his union would support the fight to halt the privatisation of Royal Mail.
“This event is bringing nearly £3 million to the local area from delegate expenditure,” said Peter Gunn, managing director of the BIC and Pavilion. “The CWU is a regular and valuable client for us, returning with their event most years, meaning valuable business for the BIC and Bournemouth.

“Our venue is ideal for the event. We can easily accommodate the main conference session, as well as individual conferences simultaneously across three of our halls.”
An complementary exhibition ran alongside the conference programme in the BIC’s Bourne Lounge, featuring names such as the Labour Party and the Communication Workers Friendly Society. More than 20 exhibitors we present over the five-day event.
Overall, the CWU has 250,000 members working for the likes of the Post Office, BT and other telecoms companies, and cable TV.

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