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First Great Western – 2015 Pay Survey

17 February 2015

In advance of this year’s pay negotiations we would like to hear your aspirations by asking you to complete a quick online survey by Friday 27 February 2015.

2015 Pay Survey

It is time to formulate TSSA’s pay claim therefore as in past years we are writing to seek your views on our priorities for this year’s pay negotiations to enable us to formulate a pay claim reflecting your aspirations. Without your input early on we cannot ensure that our negotiation stance will match with your wishes so please spend a little time completing our survey.

As per the last pay claim survey we are conducting this online via the link below:

Please encourage your colleagues who are TSSA members to complete the survey or at the very least speak to your representative. If you have colleagues who want their opinions known but aren’t a member of any trade union then please encourage them to join online and have their say.

They can join online using the following link:

Pay Talks

Based on your feedback last year we submitted a concise pay claim and secured an early meeting with the Company to present this. Unfortunately the negotiations still ended up being very protracted due what the Company referred to as DfT’s restrictions. For this reason and the current state of the franchise we have no reason to suspect that this year’s negotiations will be any different!

In any event we are expecting that the Company will be reluctant to discuss any improvements to terms and conditions so we intend to focus on pay again this year which is reflected in the content of the survey which will shape the subsequent pay claim.

Please note that the first pay negotiation meeting is scheduled to take place on Tuesday 31 March and we will of course continue to keep you apprised of all future developments.

Employment relations

We have been reporting an overall deterioration of employment relations with the Company for some time however the situation came to a head at the end of last year when Mark Hopwood wrote to TSSA to terminate the manager’s collective bargaining agreement. I hope that you have all been reading the communications relating to this latest attack on your trade union and are able to do everything in your power to convince the Company to change its position.

So far our combined efforts however have not had the desired effect to the point that the Company also refused ACAS’ intervention to resolve the situation. We view the Company’s recent actions very seriously indeed and are aware of the potential ramifications to our members throughout First Great Western and across the industry therefore we will leave no stone unturned in this fight!

In order to be as effective as possible we need to ensure that TSSA is as strong as it can be and a big part of this is to have a strong contingent of trained TSSA representatives. The management divisional council and local elections are still ongoing and there are vacancies on the other grades as well so please consider becoming more active in the union. If this is something that you are interested in then please contact the regional office for more information.

This is both an exciting but also worrying time for the network given all of the regional developments which are scheduled to take place. We want to ensure that our members are protected as far as is possible throughout this period and believe that we are in the best position to provide you with this support. Without the current collective bargaining arrangements in place however our job will be very hard indeed and may result in disruption to staff and passengers alike which we would like very much to avoid if at all possible!

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