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DB Schenker: TUPE transfer Wessex Route Multi Purpose Vehicles to South West Trains

19 July 2013

TSSA was recently informed by DB Schenker of its proposal to transfer its Wessex Route MPV’s to South West Trains.


Part of the transfer process requires consultation to take place with representatives of the employees – the trade unions. This meeting occurred with joint representation of DB Schenker and SWT. A number of assurances were sought from SWT following the transfer which will take place at 00.00 hours on the 1 September 2013, and below is the responses from the employer.

1) Employees will retain their existing terms and conditions, for non-management grades.

2) Collective Bargaining representation will be retained with the trade unions on behalf of employees, but incorporated into SWT agreements after consultation.

3) Policies and Procedures will be transferred to the SWT procedures.

4) Transferring employees will be able to join the SWT section of the Railway Pension Fund or if not reasonably practical for an individual an alternative scheme will be offered.

5) There are no proposals to change the current structure or numbers of employees, but this group will now report to the SWT Head of Drivers or Head of Fleet Production depending on their role.

5) BR protected employees transferring will retain their travel facilities and with those not protected will receive a SWT pass and ATOC card.

6) A four weekly pay cycle will continue (which should align after the first SWT Pay date of 13 September, with the last salary from DBS paid 6 Sept covering up to 31 Aug and a 1 week SWT payment on 13 September) There will be an aim to eventually align pay anniversary dates.

7) New PPE, mobile phones and vehicles will be provided to use on the first day of the transfer. The transferring employees will have use of the company Intranet.

8) The existing accommodation will be used after the transfer.

9) The transfer has been safety validated.

Any members with any further questions should not hesitate to contact the TSSA helpdesk or their representatives on this matter.

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