History and Background
joined Royal Mail in 1978, and from the outset I always attended union meetings
as I had a very keen interest in workers terms and conditions and general
working class issues. Following some encouragement, I took up the position of
Assistant Secretary Transport around 1989, and then in 1993 when we had the
Branch mergers I became the Branch Chairman of the then newly formed Northern
Ireland No.1 Branch. The Assistant Transport Secretary's position was renamed
and became the Area Distribution Rep, a position I have held throughout my
union career, which I still hold today.
In 2008, I became Branch Secretary of the newly formed Northern Ireland
Combined Branch, a position I presently hold.
I have held various other positions in the Branch such as, Deputy Branch
Secretary and Local Unit Rep Distribution.
All this activity over the past 25 years has culminated into the
position I have now been successful in gaining; a position I am extremely proud
of, and that's being elected to the National Postal Executive Council, where I
find myself representing all our members throughout the UK. It can't go without saying that, It is with
thanks to the members of the Northern Ireland Combined Branch who supported me
for this position, and I am extremely grateful for their continued support.
may not have achieved all of the above were it not for the education the CWU
provided for me, of which I have gained a vast amount of knowledge and
experience. I was trained in Industrial
Relations as a negotiator; educated in Employment Law, Trade Union & Labour
Studies, and then going on to study the same subject for a Bachelor of Arts at
London Metropolitan University. I am
fully trained on all Royal Mail internal processes and procedures, and became a
tutor for the North West Regional College in Northern Ireland to help train our
representative on Equality & Diversity along with training on Postal
Agreements and procedures, but to name a few. After
36 years with Royal Mail, I suppose this is my union history in a brief
nutshell, and It is my intention to continue working on behalf of all our
members, whether in Northern Ireland or the rest of the UK.
PEC - NEC Election Address 2017
Dear friends and colleagues,
We are now in the middle of some intense negotiations that will shape our future. Therefore, it is vital we secure a new all encompassing national agreement that provides long term sustainable permanent jobs, as well as building and improving our current terms and conditions. We must therefore continue to hold Royal Mail to our legally binding agreements, and I am committed to the following :
* Pensions : I oppose Royal Mail's proposal and I will pursue an encompassing scheme beneficial to all our CWU members that offers a decent pension in retirement.
* A Shorter Working Week : Recognising the impact of new automation, digitalisation and decreasing indoor manual workload will have on our aging workforce, it is vitally important that we achieve a thirty five hour gross working week as quickly as possible with no detriment to pay, but which must include ongoing pay rises.
* The Pipeline : Royal Mail's strategy is to have a later acceptance time for parcels into the network which would have an impact to later start times for some of our members. We must ensure that delivery members are not compelled to work later, but are offered the opportunity to agree innovative duty patterns acceptable to all.
* POL : The attack on our members and destruction of the Crown Network cannot be described as anything other than brutal and unnecessary. We must support a continued political and industrial solution to this campaign and in doing so, we should organise a levy to help sustain the campaign and also our loyal and dedicated Members.
I am confident if we face these challenges together, then we can and will bring about a satisfactory resolution to all these issues. I am seeking YOUR VOTE in these elections to ensure we have a strong leadership for the future, and if elected I will continually work tirelessly on your behalf.
Northern Ireland Combined Branch - CWU
MAKE YOUR VOTE COUNT. VOTE BOBBY WEATHERALL FOR PEC
Below you will find the nominations for PEC and NEC 2017. These are in Microsoft Word format.