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Our Rail Our Future

Our campaign for pay, job security and strong terms and conditions for rail workers.

Breaking:

Industrial action ballots notified for:

Avanti West Coast; Cross Country; East Midlands Railway; West Midlands Trains; Network Rail; LNER; Northern; c2c; Southeastern, Great Western Railway

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Overview

Our union is in dispute with Network Rail and all Department for Transport train operating companies (TOCs) over:

  • Pay
  • Job security
  • Terms and Conditions

Info and resources

Find out more about our campaign for pay, job security and stronger terms and conditions

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TSSA Ballots Overview

Details of the timeline of existing ballots for strike action and action short of a strike issued by TSSA.

“We worked through the pandemic but our pay is frozen and jobs are being cut. The least we deserve is a pay rise and job security.”

The issues

Pay

We’re demanding a pay rise which meets the increased cost-of-living for our members and their families. Many rail staff have gone two years or more without a pay rise. Inflation is effectively cutting the pay of workers just as essential bills for food and energy are soaring. Rail workers are key workers and deserve a pay rise, not because we are greedy, but to continue to make ends meet.

Job Security

We need to have a railway that meets the needs of rail users and enables green transport to save our planet. This means retaining key skills and ensuring excellent customer service. Many TSSA members want to stay and contribute to the future of rail and not be forced out of their jobs. We want a no compulsory redundancy agreement to cover all rail staff until at least the end of 2022.

A no compulsory redundancy agreement was in place during the pandemic, bringing stability to the rail industry. TSSA called for it to be extended until at least the end of 2022, but this was rejected by industry leaders in 2021 causing us to pull out of the Rail Industry Recovery Group (RIRG).

We can manage change in the industry better with an agreement on job security. Major change is expected in rail, including reports of widespread ticket office closures which have not been denied by government and the rail industry. And we also know that Network Rail is looking to cut around 5000 jobs.

Terms and Conditions

We want a fair and just transition, where change is not simply dictated to our members, but they have a say and an opportunity to shape the future of rail. A quality rail service is impossible without being able to retain and attract the best talent. There must be no detrimental changes to the terms and conditions – including pensions, safety and wellbeing – of rail workers. Our members deserve this guarantee at a time of anticipated change in the rail industry No race to the bottom.

Unless these basic assurances are provided, TSSA will remain in dispute with Network Rail and all train operating companies.

Who is involved?

The companies

Network Rail • Avanti West Coast • Chiltern Railways • Cross Country Trains • Greater Anglia • Gatwick Express • London North-Eastern Railway • East Midlands Railway • c2c • Great Western Railway • Northern Railway • South Eastern Railway • South Western Railway • Thameslink, Southern and Great Northern Railways • TransPennine Express • West Midlands Railway.

Our people

We represent a wide range of railway staff, including station, on-board, operational, control, engineering, managerial and support staff. If you’re not already a member, JOIN NOW. If you have colleagues who are not yet members of our TSSA Family, please ask them to JOIN NOW.

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This is not just about loss of pay it’s about our future, our children’s future, and it’s about our wages forever

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