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Arriva Rail North / Northern Rail: RMT Dispute - advice to TSSA members

15 February 2017

RMT have moved into dispute with Arriva Rail North regarding the role of the conductor. In the event that the dispute leads to the RMT taking industrial action TSSA members are advised as follows...

 TSSA guidance to members on ’strike action by other unions’.

TSSA members not involved in the dispute are strongly advised to carry out their normal duties and should not volunteer to work extended hours arising directly out of or in consequence of the dispute.

If you are approached by the Company to undertake extra additional duties to cover the work normally undertaken by those staff who will be taking industrial action, then you must ensure a Health & Safety assessment has been undertaken if the work is safety critical. If it has not, then please contact TSSA immediately.

Members 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. The above paragraph does not apply to regular rostered overtime and applies only to additional duties occasioned by the dispute.

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.


Tell us what is happening.

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


Please report any attempt to bully, bribe or cajole our members into strike breaking activities.

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.


Respect for picket lines

TSSA may not lawfully encourage members to take part in secondary industrial action. Members may, however, choose as a matter of individual conscience, not to cross a union picket line.

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.


TSSA Helpdesk – 0800 328 2673


Please feel free to pass this information to your colleagues.

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