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TSSA Equality Agenda

On this page you can find out what TSSA is doing to progress our Equality Agenda   Key Points of Equality Agenda

  Equality Handbook 2019-2025

For more information on any of the initiatives below, contact Nadine Rae, Organising Director 

Father's Day - 'Why equality is important to me'

We are highlighting how equality issues affect all TSSA members. We spoke to several of our members for Father's Day and they have kindly shared their stories about why equality is so important to them. Read more here:

Andy Squires, Network Rail Lead Equality Rep

'You are not alone, whether you are a member or a rep, reach out and speak to the people around you. I don’t know it all, despite approaching 35 years in the industry I am still learning, still looking to make the workplace more accepting of those perceived to be different from the norm. What I hope to do as a rep is to empower people within the workplace, sometimes only small changes are needed to make a huge difference to someone’s working life. '

Read Andy's story here:   Why Equality is important to me - Andy Squires

Des More, Network Rail Lead Health & Safety Rep

'For me the #NoBystanders campaign is really important. We should all be standing together and saying that we have zero tolerance for bullying and harassment in the workplace.'

Read Des' story here:   Why Equality is important to me - Des More

10 Reasons to Join and Support Equality

TSSA is leading on equality, so we have prepared a new video and posters for members to put up in their workplaces.

10 Reasons to Join and Support Equality Poster:   10 Reasons to Join and Support Equality Poster

Link to our new video: HERE!

Equality Handbook 2019

10 years ago we released our first Equality Handbook. Since then we have developed a sophisticated Equality Agenda, which we have outlined in our new Equality Handbook.

See our new TSSA Equality Handbook here:   Equality Handbook 2019-2025

Let us know what you would like TSSA to do for equality. Email your ideas to:

TSSA Equality Newsletter, Autumn 2018

Download the latest TSSA Equality Newsletter here:   Equality Newsletter Sept 18

If you would like some printed versions, please contact your local TSSA Organiser.

New Equality Reps

In the recent Equality Rep election we elected almost 40 new Equality Reps! Our Equality Reps change the lives of TSSA members though the passion they bring to the work they do. For more information on what you need to do to become a TSSA Equality Rep or nominate someone else, visit

Inclusive Rail Campaign

In our Equality Newsletter you will learn about the launch of our campaign Inclusive Rail, for LGBT+ workers in the railway. We also launched our new role model posters, which you can see and order here: . When you put them up on your noticeboards, send us a pic and tweet to @TSSAEqualities #InclusiveRail 

For more information, visit: or contact Mitchell Coe

Equality Campaigns & Initiatives

Struggling to think of what you might do as an Equality Rep or champion in your Workplace or Branch? You can get involved now with the following campaigns and initiatives to further equality:

#NoBystanders Campaign

Our #NoBystanders campaign is part of Inclusive Rail (see above) and based on the Stonewall campaign of same name. Sign a pledge to not simply stand by and witness bullying, harassment or other discriminatory language or behaviour. Our message is to encourage people to intervene (appropriately) or report the incidents, and support the person who is the target. This campaign is part of the LGBT+ Network’s activities for 2017-2018, but the campaign itself is not limited to LGBT+ members or issues of homophobia, biphobia or transphobia. Request a campaign pack here:

Neurodiversity Programme

Build awareness of issues for people with Dyslexia, Dyspraxia, Dyscalculia, Autism Spectrum Disorders (including Asperges) and Attention Deficit Disorder. You can become an Equality Rep and get specialist training to help spread the word and support people who are neurodiverse. Provide the information and support people need to get reasonable adjustments that help them do their job. For more information go to

Apprenticeships & Equality

Since the introduction of the Apprenticeship levy in April 2017, most rail employers have established programmes for new employees to participate in apprenticeships. Many employers will also be trying to attract more women, black and minority ethnic workers (BAME) into the industry to broaden out the potential pool of workers due to skills shortages and upcoming changes in the industry. We want to welcome new employees into TSSA but also make sure our existing members get opportunities to take on apprenticeships and advance thier careers. For more information contact Kerry Abel

Mental Health & Wellbeing

Issues of mental health and wellness are both equality and health & safety issues. In 2018 we are holding training for workplace representatives on various aspects of Mental Health & Wellbeing. To get involved, contact Steve Coe

Fair Pay, Equal Pay

Do you have a fair pay and grading system? Is your company plagued with a performance management system that is consistently unfair? Has your company reported a significant Gender Pay Gap? If you answered yes, it is likely there will be issues of Equal Pay and inequality in your system. To find out more about what you can do, contact your local organiser.


There are a series of things you can do to tackle stress, bullying and harassment in your workplace. Where these issues exist, so does inequality and discrimination. For more information on what you can do, go to

Self Organised Groups

We have groups who promote the interests of women, black and minority ethnic workers, younger and older workers, disabled workers, lesbian, gay bi-sexual and transgendered workers. For more info go to their pages in the box on the left hand side of this web page.

Equality Resources

Our Proud History Fighting for Equalities

TSSA has proudly led the way on equalities for many years. This summary timeline of TSSA's history has a section on TSSA & Equality   TSSA History A Remarkable Journey


We have a variety of training available to support any member who wishes to promote and celebrate equality and diversity in their branch or workplace. Our training will help you:

  • Deal with difficult situations
  • Bargain for equality policies and initiatives
  • Support people who have disabilities or special needs in the workplace get the support they need
  • Tackling unconscious bias
  • Ensure people receive their Reasonable Adjustments
  • Make a plan to change the culture of your workplace

Check out our Education Programme

Promotional Materials

We have various guides and toolkits available for you in hardcopy. We also have some posters and promotional materials available for existing initiatives and more under development. Equalities Handbook

To request materials use this form   Promotional materials request form

Additional materials are availabel on campaign pages of this website, such as

Equality Law

We have Reps Bulletins that summarise what you need to know on the Equality Act 2010. For more in-depth understanding, you may want to consider attending our Equality in the Workplace training. Please contact Val Stansfield, Employment Rights Officer,

Campaigns and Initiatives

See above for initiatives you can get involved with right away.

Equality Newsletter

See above for the latest TSSA Equality Newsletter.