*This is a copy of an email sent to Avanti West Coast members on 2nd September 20228*

Are you ready for action? TSSA has today announced strike action for stations grades members in Avanti West Coast to take place on Thursday 15 and Saturday 17 September.

All TSSA members in stations grades are asked not to turn up to work on Thursday 15 and Saturday 17 September.

The action covers the period from 00:01 to 23:59 on Thursday 15 September and Saturday 17 September. Please liaise with your reps about attending picket lines. Let us know direct if you are interested in attending a picket line.

This action aligns with RMT strike action taking place on the same days.

We are demanding a guarantee of:

  • No compulsory redundancies
  • A pay rise which meets the cost-of-living crisis
  • No unagreed changes to terms and conditions

Despite TSSA officials attending talks with the Rail Delivery Group (the industry body leading on talks for train operators) no offers have been made on the above. In fact, employers and the Department for Transport are now proposing to close ticket offices and change your pensions – on top of all the existing issues!

TSSA continues to fight for better pay and conditions for you at work. We have written to Grant Shapps and to Avanti bosses recently but there has been no movement on their side. That’s why we’re asking you to come out on strike on the 15th and 17th September. We know this isn’t easy and it’s not something that TSSA takes lightly. But it is the moment to stand up and be counted and demand better.

Management grades are not affected and are not able to take strike action given the ballot result for that group not meeting the legal minimum threshold. Management grade members are expected to work as normal and can refer to guidance about working when action is being taken by another group.

Members at the following stations are included in action on Thursday 15 and Saturday 17 September:
Birmingham International Station, Birmingham New Street Station, Coventry Station, Crewe Station, Edinburgh Waverley Station, Glasgow Central Station, Lancaster Station, Liverpool Lime Street, London Euston Station, Manchester Piccadilly Station, Milton Keynes Central Station, Preston Station Buildings, Rugby Station, Runcorn Station, Stafford Station, Stockport Station, Stoke-on-Trent Station, Warrington Bank Quay Station.

In Solidarity, 
Lou George

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