LEGAL SERVICES

TWO new services have started, free to CWU members.

The FREE LEGAL ADVICE SCHEME and ROAD ASSIST SCHEME are now available. To see more details of both schemes and find out how to use them CLICK HERE.

At the direction of the NEC, the Union will continue to provide a comprehensive range of legal services to all fully paid members and retired members. Dependants may also qualify if they fall within the scope of the scheme.

CLAIMS FOR DAMAGES FOR PERSONAL INJURY

The Union may take up a claim for personal injury, if there is a valid claim against a third party.

CRIMINAL INJURY COMPENSATION SCHEME

If you are the victim of an unprovoked assault, whether on or off duty, then the Union can assist with a claim to the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority.

SOLICITORS ADVICE ON NON WORK RELATED MATTERS

If you require the assistance of a solicitor, for whatever reason, you are entitled to a free 20 minutes initial advice from a fully qualified local solicitor. The Union will also assist in providing one of our nominated solicitors, if this is necessary, for a free initial interview.

INDUSTRIAL INJURY BENEFITS

If you are injured as a result of an accident at work, you can claim disablement benefit from the Benefits Agency if they accept it as an industrial injury. If you wish to appeal against the Benefits Agency's assessment, provided the initial award is 10 per cent or more, we will ensure that you are represented by the Union.

ROAD TRAFFIC ACT DEFENCE/DRIVERS'
PROTECTION SCHEME

If you are charged with a road traffic offence whilst driving your vehicle on duty, we may give you legal represntation if we think a not guilty plea is appropriate or give you solicitor's advice on mitigation.

BANDIT ATTACK SCHEME

If you are robbed on duty whilst carrying company cash, the Union's bandit attack in-house scheme pays out a weekly sum up to a total of 104 weeks of sick leave at £20.00 per week, excluding the first 7 days of any period of sick abscence, and a capital sum in the event of death.

PERSONAL ACCIDENT BENEFIT SCHEME

Employees of the Post Office, BT, Girobank and Quadrant are covered against personal injuries by the employer for all on duty cases. BT provides 24 hour cover.

CRIMINAL DEFENCE ON DUTY

If you are charged with a criminal offence on duty we may be able to help, depending on the circumstances. However, we do not pay fines.

MEDICAL RETIREMENT/NON-RETENTION OVER 60

If you wish to appeal against medical retirement, the Union may take up your case. There are now no appeals on retention in BT, although there is a grievance procedure and different requirements in other businesses where we have members.

EMPLOYMENT TRIBUNALS

If you have been unfairly dismissed or discriminated against unlawfully, your first source of Union assistance will be your Branch or Workplace Representative. If they are unable to resolve the matter through the internal disciplinary or grievance processes, you may have a right to take it to an Employment Tribunal. However, as this is a legal process, any request for Union representation would have to be referred to the Employment Law Department at CWU HQ for consideration. Remember that there are strict time limits for all tribunal applications and so such requests must be brought to your Branch Secretary immediately.

Remember, if you leave your present employer, you should ensure that you retain your membership to be eligable for the Union's legal assistance.

 


  BBC News Feeds


Hundreds of cases dropped over evidence disclosure failings
More than 900 cases were dropped last year due to a failure to disclose evidence, figures reveal.

Newspapers threaten legal action for Worboys parole report
The Sun and Daily Mail will launch a judicial review if Worboys' parole report is not published.

Deaf mum sues Little Mix promoter in sign language row
They had a legal duty to provide an interpreter, says Sally Reynolds whose daughter is a big fan.

'Growing problem' of addiction to prescription drugs probed
A review into the "growing problem" of prescription drug addiction in England is launched.

Road use charges should be tailored to drivers, says report
Drivers should be charged based on factors like time of day and congestion, a new report says.

NTAs 2018: Ant and Dec win big with three awards
It was their 17th win in the best presenter category, with Doctor Foster also taking two awards.

Margaret Thatcher statue plan rejected by Westminster Council
Westminster Council said it was too soon after the ex-PM's death and the statue could be vandalised.

Ruthin School head teacher warns pupils against teen romances
The public school head teacher says the "emotional turmoil" could hamper their university chances.

Finsbury Park: Jury sees CCTV of attack suspect 'hiring van'
Footage of Darren Osborne allegedly hiring a van in Cardiff and writing a letter, is shown in court.

Ipswich mother wins six-figure payout after cancer missed
Tayne Eaton's symptoms got worse after she had a baby but it was 17 months before she was diagnosed.

Barry Bennell trial: Coach 'used Darth Vader grip' on witness
He was pinned to the wall after he interrupted the former coach abusing a boy, a court hears.

MPs block ex-expenses chief Sir Ian Kennedy's new job
Sir Ian Kennedy's Commons critics are called "petty" by one MP as they block his appointment.

'I nearly had my arm severed off''
Callum escaped violence through an initiative in Scotland that has seen the number of stabbings fall significantly.

Ant McPartlin at NTAs: 'It's been a tough 12 months'
The TV presenter thanked fans for their support as he picked up an award at the National Television Awards.