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Northern Rail - Depot Shift Manager (West) Industrial Action

21 November 2013

TSSA advice to Northern Rail members who are not themselves involved in industrial action


Dear Colleague


After undertaking a ballot, TSSA has called upon their members within the Depot Shift Manager (West) grade to take part in industrial action short of a strike over their excessive workload and additional tasks not included on their job description.

With effect from 00.01 hours on Friday 22nd November 2013 until further notice, TSSA members within the DSM (West) grade have been instructed to the following:

• Discontinuation of booking on & off drivers.

• Discontinuation of booking on & off conductors.

• Manage shortages on daily roster sheets received from RPC after 19.00hrs.

• Manage tasks resulting 'on the day' rather than tasks which should be completed beforehand by the RPC.

• Discontinue handling correspondence between the traincrew and the RPC.

• Adhere to company and local traincrew manning agreements.


TSSA has conducted a lawful ballot for industrial action short of a strike of the DSM (West) membership and therefore gives them the protection from being dismissed for taking part.

In accordance with contractual requirements TSSA members who have not been balloted are advised that they should make every endeavour to report for duty as normal.

At work, TSSA members who have not been balloted are strongly advised to carry out their normal duties and they should not volunteer to work extended hours arising directly out of or in consequence of the dispute. Members who have not been balloted are advised not to agree to undertake any duties that could not be regarded as part of their job description and/or have not in the past been undertaken by them in their current post.

Members should not at any time during the dispute act in breach of their Contracts of Employment and should carry out their normal duties in line with that stated above. Members should not agree to undertake any additional duties where there is any doubt as to their individual competence, in respect of safety matters. Members will appreciate the danger of liability in the event of an accident or other breach of safety.


It is very strongly stressed that in the event that Management seek the agreement of, or instruct, staff with the appropriate background, to undertake duties normally performed by other TSSA members, the circumstances should be reported immediately to the TSSA. This advice applies to circumstances whether or not the individual’s judgment is that they are competent to undertake the duties in question.


We would reiterate that our members should only work their usual roster, including any regular rostered overtime, and should not volunteer to work any additional hours arising out of the dispute.


TSSA may not lawfully encourage members who have not been balloted to take part in secondary industrial action. Members who so choose should be aware that such action is likely to put them in breach of contract, and may result in their employer taking disciplinary action against them (including dismissal). TSSA will provide advice, support and representation to any member facing disciplinary action in such circumstances.

If you have any questions or feel that you are being asked to do work that you consider to be outside your normal duties, please contact our helpdesk for further advice and assistance on 0800 328 2673.
TSSA members who have further queries on the above are advised to contact their functional reps or the TSSA Helpdesk for guidance.

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