The Young Workers Committee

The CWU Young Workers section exists to co-ordinate and advance the interests of our 17,500 members under the age of 30. Its 20 members are elected bi-annually by Conference each year and they are augmented by 2 members of the National Executive Council and supported by Jo Thair at head office.

Fiona Curtis, National Young Workers Committee Chair

Branch: Northern Ireland Telecoms
Region: Northern Ireland
Employer: Openreach

Hi, my name is Fiona Curtis I am employed by BT/Openreach since 2012. I came in as an apprentice Customer Service Engineer and currently I am a core network planner. I have been involved in the union for the past 5 years. My most recent achievement is to be elected onto the CWU Openreach National Team, and Chair of the National Young Workers Committee.

I would consider myself as a bubbly, friendly and approachable person who enjoys spending time with my friends and family.

I am looking forward to continue with some of the great work the young workers committee are involved in, and the challenges it brings and I hope to make a difference to young people’s working and political lives.

Alex Whitehouse, National Young Workers Committee Chair

Branch: Newcastle Amal
Region: North East
Employer: Royal Mail

Hi my name is Alex Whitehouse, I currently sit on the National Young workers committee and also as Vice Chair. I have been with royal mail for 8 years now and been a rep within the union for 5 years now. I have been to quite a few Young workers conference and events. Attended numerous training courses as well. I also sit at Branch level as Union Learning Rep as well. I am apart of my Labour CLP for North Tyneside. I feel privileged to sit on the Young worker committee and can’t wait to get things going. I hope this next 2 years we can get the future of this union the youth at the fore front and be at its best.

Luke Elgar

Branch: Essex Amal
Region: Eastern
Employer: Royal Mail

Sports fanatic and failed musician. I try my hand at many things with limited success, endless fun and no regrets. All these experiences have given me the chance to meet incredible people and have given me an addiction to taking up different challenges.

I coach at my local triathlon club and compete throughout the summer. In fact it was a challenge organised by the Essex Amal branch of this union some years back that first gave me the bug for endurance sports. I was invited to ride a Royal Mail bicycle over night with fellow CWU members from London Fields (Hackney) 190km to Dunwich on the Suffolk coast, raising money for MacMillan Cancer Support.

Now I have been inspired to take up the role of young workers officer by the work of the local CWU reps throughout my office and across the world as they give their time to numerous charities and causes.

Will Murray

Branch: Greater London Combined
Region: London
Employer: Openreach

I joined BT Openreach in September 2008 as a customer service apprentice. I started to become active in the union in 2015 after my first child was born and I needed more than ever to feel that I was making a difference in the world no matter how small. Since that time, I have served as my branch’s young workers officers for over two years, both acting and then elected. I have been the chair of the London Regional Equality Committee since January this year.

I whole heartedly believe in building on the already amazing equality movement within our union and ensure the next generation of CWU workers are measured only by the work they do and not their religion, disability, race, gender or sexual preference.  The union movement is a community that is in need of reinvigoration and although young trade unionists may well be in decline, I look forward to tackling this key issue with a group of likeminded young workers to ensure the future of our union is a bright one.

Erin Brett

Branch: Mersey
Region: North West
Employer: BT

Hi, my name’s Erin and I’m the young worker rep from Mersey Branch. I currently work in a BT Call Centre where I try to keep customers for BT. I joined the union as soon as I joined BT as I saw it as a way I could make a change within the work environment. During my time as a Union rep, I have been to conference multiple times to discuss and make changes within the workplace, I also sit on the North West Regional Organising Committee as Vice Chair where we look at ways to strengthen the union and union member involvement. I can’t wait to get my teeth stuck into the National Young Worker Committee work, making changes for you!

Connor McCann

Branch: Meridian
Region: South East
Employer: BT

CWU Roles ; Young Workers Branch Officer, South East Young Workers Chair and National Young Workers Committee Officer.

I’m 24, from Dublin, Ireland but work in Canterbury, Kent. I  have worked for BT in Consumer since April 2016. I started off as Agency Manpower Staff and inside 2 months went onto a BT contract. I have been a Union member since I started and became more active in the CWU in January 2017.

I’m very passionate about the Trade Union / Labour movements and I have a long family history of Trade Unionism forged in Longbridge, Leyland, Rover and MG factories. I love to campaign and love any excuse to take my megaphone to a rally. I regularly attend Anti-Fascist, Anti-Racism, Anti-Austerity, Student Protests and more when I can.

In my rare spare time, I support Celtic Football Club and I’m a season ticket holder. I also play Rugby and enjoy a good social gathering. I love to get to know people, so don’t be afraid to say hello.

Ryan Ferguson

Branch: Northern Ireland Combined 
Region: Northern Ireland 
Employer: Royal Mail 

I’m Ryan Ferguson. I’m the Youth Officer for the Northern Ireland Combined Branch, as well as being newly elected to the National Young Workers Committee. I’m a postie and I have been employed by Royal Mail for the last 5 years. I look forward to the opportunity of supporting and advocating for young workers whilst carrying out the responsibilities in my role. 

In my spare time, I read ferociously and spend every minute I can with my daughter. 

Quincy Raymond

Branch: Tyne and Wear Clerical
Region: North East
Employer: BT 

Hi I am Quincy and started with BT in 2016. I have been involved in the Union from 2016 and currently the Branch Young Worker and B.A.M.E Officer, I am also the Regional Lead for Young Workers in the North East. I recently been elected to National Young Worker Committee and looking forward to the challenges it brings, being involved and helping others. I am a happy and friendly person that wants to help people. I see myself as approachable that loves to have fun and spend time with family.

Ieuan Davies

Branch: South Wales
Region: Wales
Employer: Openreach

I have worked for openreach for 4 years in service delivery. I love long mountain walks, playing and coaching rugby and spending time with the family in my spare time. I recently became a rep and have been elected as the national young workers rep. I am ambitious and motivated to learn the knowledge of the CWU and filter that info back to my teams and other members. Im hoping to be very active and aim to be a good union asset. I’m looking forward to the challenges that are presented to me and will thrive with this opportunity.

Carolyn Lindsay

Branch: Scotland no. 1
Region: Scotland
Employer: Openreach

Hi, I’m Carolyn Lindsay and I work for BT Consumer in Glasgow. I’ve been involved with the CWU since 2018 and I’ve loved every minute of this whirlwind! I’m super passionate about educating young people to be more vocal with their views, I truly believe that we have the ability to change the world of work and beyond, for the better. We are the future. I am a member of the LGBTQ+ community and will usually be found talking about pop culture and spouting useless information about Britney Spears – did you know that “Toxic” was written about Super Vet Noel Fitzpatrick?

Come speak to me, I love talking about everything from “how can we get socialism at the forefront?” to “what’s Michelle McManus up to these days?”