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Advice to Network Rail members not involved in our Bands 1-4 On Call Action Short of a Strike

18 August 2016

We have received reports of members being approached to cover On Call duties in Network Rail as a result of our Industrial Action Short of a Strike. We are now issuing advice and guidance for members.


You can find out more about this dispute here

TSSA members not involved in the dispute are strongly advised to carry out their normal duties but should not volunteer to undertake On Call arising directly out of or in consequence of our action.

Members should not undertake any duties that cannot be regarded as part of their job description and/or have not in the past been undertaken by them in their current post.

It is especially important that 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.

You will be aware that the Life Saving Rules sets out clearly that  'you must not carry out any task unless you have been trained and are competent to do so'.

Tell us what is happening

It is very strongly stressed that in the event that the company seek the agreement of, or instruct, staff to undertake duties normally performed by members taking Industrial Action, the circumstances should be reported immediately to the TSSA Helpdesk on 0800 328 2673.This advice applies to circumstances whether or not the individual’s judgement is that they are competent to undertake the duties in question.

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