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ECRO Dispute Update

6 January 2012

As set out in our previous circular, TSSA and RMT Officials met this morning to discuss the next steps required in our strategy to resolve the on-going dispute with Network Rail. Unfortunately, no official was available from Unite. Both unions have written to the company to request that representatives from both unions be released to attend a union side meeting on Thursday 19 January. We anticipate that Unite will do the same. It is essential that you share your views with your reps so that you can be represented effectively.

Your Union Needs YOU! …and Your Colleagues!

You can see our previous circular outlining the issues here:

We understand that the majority of your colleagues in electrical control rooms are members of one of the three recognised trades unions; TSSA, RMT or Unite. However, we cannot afford to make assumptions in the event that you decide to undertake a ballot for industrial action. We need you to speak openly with colleagues to ensure that everyone is represented in negotiations around the operations strategy and in fighting to secure a no compulsory redundancies agreement for all ECROs. Remind your colleagues that they can join us online if they are not a members of a union:

Can You Help to Give ECROS a Voice?

We currently have seven reps based in electrical control rooms. If you don’t have a TSSA rep in your workplace yet, you may be interested in stepping up, or encouraging a colleague who has the talent to speak up on your behalf who is a good communicator. We’re running a “taster course” to give an overview of the roles available on 26 January, for details see the circular link below. If it is too late to get a place on this course, email the address at the bottom of the circular to register your interest in attending a similar course in future.


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