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ATW: Strike action by other unions

7 October 2014

It has come to our attention that RMT may be taking Industrial Action against ATW on the North Wales coast. Please see below TSSA’s advice to all members who may be affected. It is vital that you read and understand these guidelines to protect yourself during strike action.


TSSA standpoint

The following is an extract from our guidance to members on ’strike action by other unions’. Please ensure that our members see it, and please report any attempt to bully, bribe or cajole our members into strike breaking activities.


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.

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 Management 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.

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.

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