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First Great Western: Engineering update

15 September 2015


TSSA has been taking a full active part in the recent special Engineering Divisional council meetings which relate to the upcoming downscaling of work within FGW due to the introduction of Super Express trains, the AT300’s and Hitachi winning the contract to maintain these fleets from 2017.

A number of questions still remain around whether TUPE will apply or not and to which populations of staff. As you would expect TSSA is pushing to ensure that protections are in place for those that want to follow their work and there are a number of scenarios that must be considered. We will of course share with you information when this picture becomes clearer.

There are also potential for Redundancies within FGW before any transfers take place. There have been discussions on the voluntary severance packages that will be in place for those requesting to leave on a voluntary basis. Darran Hickery (TSSA rep)’s representation on behalf of managers has been crucial in ensuring that the redundancy package is open to all grades including managers and that the redundancy package will now take into account flexibility allowance where applicable up to 10% on top of basic pay in the calculations.

We need your input?

There has never been a more important time to be a TSSA member and also get involved with your union; we need to ensure that we are representing your views and wishes. In order to do that we need contacts and reps in each Depot/workplace in order to co-ordinate views and information and act on behalf of TSSA colleagues. Whether you are clerical or management grade we need to hear from you. All representatives will receive support from a TSSA full time official and have access to training in order carry out your role and the more representatives that we have the easier it will be to plan for TUPE and redundancy training in good time for when this is needed. Without you and your colleagues being involved we can’t get a true picture of the issues that you face and ensure that we are making the right differences so get involved by emailing Alan Valentine (click here) or call him on 07775912829

Remember together we are stronger so encourage your colleagues who aren’t in a union to receive full support by joining us at

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