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Amey Consulting Rail: Reps Elections

19 May 2015

Notice of Intention to hold Union Representative elections within Amey Consulting Rail

 

Dear Member

To ensure your union is democratic, fully represents you and complies with the Collective Bargaining (CB) Agreement we are giving notice of our intention to hold Representative (rep) elections.

Let us not forget that you have fought hard to widen Collective Bargaining and we need to continually build and grow on what you have achieved. This is not a case that it would be nice to have more Reps. For the collective group to function the appointment of Reps is a vital component. TSSA and your colleagues need you to seriously consider standing for one of these roles.

Only TSSA members covered by Collective Bargaining within Amey Consulting Rail are allowed to stand for election, nominate candidates and vote. Therefore non-members wishing to participate in the process should join at www.tssa.org.uk/join. Nomination forms are attached but if you have any questions or queries please contact the helpdesk@tssa.org.uk or 0800 3282673

Elections

It is vital to ensure a democratic and Representative union that you take part in this process. Please take the time to consider taking on these roles or who you think is best suited to act as your Representative and talk to them and your colleagues as to why you wish to nominate them. Once this is done, fill in a nomination form accessible by clicking here) get 2 TSSA members from your constituency to nominate you, sign it and send to Alan Valentine no later than 14:00 on 5 June 2015 (contact details are shown on the back of the form but if possible, once signed please scan and email to valentinea@tssa.org.uk).

Proceeding the closing date ALL nominees will be contacted and a national teleconference call will be arranged to ensure all election materials are received and processes are understood.

Staff Lists of various constituencies the Reps are standing in will be supplied and as per the CB agreement sufficient access to allow canvassing of members. Packs will be supplied to enable candidates to canvass for votes and the full time officer Alan Valentine will be available to support and advise.

Vacant Positions

Our Bargaining agreement, apportions Representation around the 6 hubs on the basis of 1 Trade Union (TU) Representative per 50 staff including at least 1 lead Representative and 1 Health and Safety Representative in each Hub location with Local TU Representatives to support the Lead Representatives. Candidates can stand as a Trade Union Representative, once candidates are elected within each hub area Lead Reps and those interested in taking on Health & Safety duties will be selected within each Hub by the successful candidates. Similarly 1 representative will be selected to represent the division at an All Grades Company Council. The role of the Trade Union Representative is spelled out within the collective bargaining agreement and an extract of this along with a section headed Representation is available by clicking here. On the basis of the staffing figures that we have recently received from the company this would create vacancies on the basis of the following breakdown but there is some scope to negotiate further positions if there are geographical issues that necessitate more.

Hub Location

Current CB Staffing

Rep Vacancies

Scotland

56

2

York

164

4

Manchester (North West Hub)

44

2

Birmingham

80

2

Swindon/Bristol

164

4

Crawley (South East Hub)

124

3

In the event that we have more candidates than vacant positions we will need to run elections, due to the geographical issues and the fact that we have a large membership who work from home this will be carried via a postal vote. Further information will follow after the nomination period to advise how this will progress.

Conclusion

Once in place these roles will remain for two years. In the event of a vacancy arising within this time it will be filled on a first come first served basis for the remainder of the 2 year term of office on the basis that a valid nomination form is received.

We hope all that take part in this election not only understand the reasons for holding them but have fun taking part in the process. We are also hopeful that we have enough members coming forward from different grades, backgrounds and roles so that we have a truly Representative body looking after you interests.

Please encourage your colleagues who are non-members to consider joining so that they have a say in who represents you in negotiations, they can do this at www.tssa.org.uk/join

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