Black and white photo showing group who were part of 2000 rail workers lobbying parliament against Transport Bill in 1981 (With TSSA 125 Logo)

TSSA 125

TSSA 125 – celebrating the 125th anniversary of the founding of TSSA in Sheffield in 2022

Celebrating the 125th anniversary of TSSA

On Monday 9 May 2022 we celebrate the 125th anniversary of TSSA. 

Our union was founded in Sheffield in 1897, and we are returning to the city of our birth to mark our anniversary

Exactly 125 years earlier, on 9 May 1897, the National Association of General Railway Clerks was founded. It was renamed the Railway Clerks Association in 1899, and the Transport Salaried Staffs’ Association in 1951. 

The TSSA125 event on Monday 9 May 2022 takes place at the Mercure St. Paul’s Hotel, Sheffield from 1100 until 1600. The event features an exhibition setting out our history, films will be shown, and there will be 17 stalls, exhibition stands, and various entertainments including speeches and performances. 

The proceedings will be punctuated by a number of VIP guest speakers. A bus tour of Sheffield will be available using a former London Transport Routemaster bus, which will take in sites important to TSSA and its members. 

The TSSA125 event will take place during Annual Conference, which will commence on Saturday 7 May 2022. It will convene again on Sunday 8 May 2022, and then adjourn until Tuesday 10 May 2022 when it will conclude its business. All delegates to the conference will be accommodated from Saturday 7 May until Tuesday 10 May, enabling them to participate in the TSSA125 events on Monday 9 May. 

All members are invited to attend TSSA125 on 9 May.

For more information about the event, please email Steve Coe on:

Find out more about the TSSA125 event

Stage Schedule: Speakers and Entertainments

Speakers and Entertainments

There will be speakers throughout the day, punctuated by entertainment provided by Banner Theatre and comedian Mark Thomas.

Melissa Heywood and Gemma Southgate, members of TSSA’s Executive Committee, will be introducing the speakers and entertainment.

The running order is as follows:

11:10             Mick Carney, President, TSSA

11:15             Gerry Doherty, former General Secretary, TSSA

11:25             Mick Whelan, General Secretary, ASLEF

11:35             Katy Clark, Member of the Scottish Parliament

11:55             Banner Theatre performance

12:40             Richard Rosser, former General Secretary, TSSA

12:50             Loraine Martins, Global Lead for Diversity and Inclusion, Nichols (a consultancy of strategic transformation specialists) and former Director of Diversity & Inclusion at Network Rail

13:05             Eoin Coates, Head of Aviation, European Transport Workers Federation (ETF)

13:25             Performance by comedian Mark Thomas

13:55             Ian Prosser, Chief Inspector of Railways and Director Railway Safety, Office for Rail and Road (ORR)

14:05             Rozanne Foyer, General Secretary, Scottish Trades Union Congress (STUC)

14:15             Paul Nowak, Deputy General Secretary, Trades Union Congress (TUC

14:25             Alana Dave, Urban Transport Director, International Transport Workers Federation (ITF)

14:35             Thomas O'Connor, Deputy General Secretary, National Bus & Rail Union (Ireland)

15:00             Banner Theatre performance

15:45             Manuel Cortes, General Secretary, TSSA

Stage Schedule: Speakers and Entertainments

Stage Schedule: Speakers and Entertainments



TSSA125 resources

TSSA125 event programme



TSSA 125 event programme

TSSA Timeline

4 April 1897 An exploratory meeting for a railway clerks union was held at Sheffield Vestry Hall. Only 5 clerks were present, and a management spy reported back that “nothing would come of it”!

9 May 1897 First formal meeting of National Association of General Railway Clerks (renamed RCA in 1899) took place at the Wilberforce Café, Sheffield. Charles Basset-Vincent became our first General Secretary

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