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ECR Centralisation: Dispute Declared over Prospect of Redundancies

23 December 2011

After further meetings on the proposals to centralise Electrical Control and correspondence with Network Rail seeking commitments to protect jobs, your union is now in dispute with the company.

No Current Proposals?

Network Rail have indicated that they are reviewing the proposals to centralise only to Manchester and Three Bridges but that two centres is very much still an option. However, it was confirmed that the next few years would definitely see centralisation and location moves and therefore there will be a significant threat to our members jobs.

As Network Rail push ahead with planning and building their new Rail Operating Centres your reps strongly feel that we cannot co-operate with the company on their details of the operational plans at this time because of the threat to jobs. Once your union has assurances about protection for jobs then your reps can engage with Network Rail management and bring the benefit of their extensive experience to the plans.

Next Steps

Early in the New Year your union will discuss next steps with sister unions RMT and Unite. Your reps are clear that ECROs from all unions must stand together to defeat this attack on job security. Any ballot or industrial action must be co-ordinated and united to show Network Rail the strength of feeling from all union members.

Your reps will need contacts from every Electrical Control Room to ensure success. If you are willing to co-ordinate TSSA members in your ECR during this campaign please contact the Members' Helpdesk.

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