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Executive Committee report, December 2013

10 December 2013

Summary of the key issues and decisions made at the December meeting of TSSA's Executive Committee

Date Thursday 5th and Friday 6th December 2013
12 of 15 EC members were present, two of these for part of the meeting only.

Strategy
Our union has started a major review of its finances to a) reduce costs and b) to generate more income .  One EC working party on each submitted interim reports to the EC meeting and the comments made will be developed in further reports to the EC in January.  The following are some of the issues being considered:

  • Closure of some of the regional offices
  • The introduction of different  bands of subscription
  • Reduction in the number of EC members and Divisional Councils
  • A shorter annual conference
  • Fewer delegates at conference

A new operational plan which will include a recruitment strategy, the main way to raise income, will be discussed early in 2014.

In addition to the above and in recognising that the biggest cost is staff wages, a significant reorganisation and reduction in posts is being progressed. The aim is to reduce our wage bill by £1.5m.

Other strategic decisions included:

  • An initial strategy on TSSA member education and training
  • Adoption of a report, with recommendations, on dealing with complaints of sexism 
  • The TSSA would publicise more its many legal successes on behalf of members.

Industrial Relations
Threatened industrial action at Arriva Northern involving the Depot Shift Manager (West) grade resulted in a settlement.

Finances
TSSA has been served with Parliamentary Notices relating to High Speed 2 which may lead to the compulsory purchase of Walkden House, the TSSA headquarters.
Small donations of £50 were made to:
•    'Still The Enemy Within' film project (on Thatcher and the miners in 1984/5)
•    Labour Friends of Palestine and Middle East

Campaigning
EC members leafleted against the proposed LUL booking office closures from 0700 hours at Hammersmith station on the Thursday and at Stratford on the Friday.

A motion to the 2014 Womens TUC on campaigning against domestic violence was agreed

Political
TSSA will contribute from its Political Fund to the costs of an organiser to support Nancy Platts, TSSA member, the Labour candidate for Brighton Kemptown constituency in the General Election.

TSSA Democracy
A circular on the 2014 Annual Conference in Leeds in May was agreed.  This will explain why the conference has a reduced number of days – because, in the expectation of progress on the Unite merger, a shorter joint conference, with their rail branch delegates, had been booked.

Paul Kenny, General Secretary of the GMB and MP Linda Riordan will be asked to speak at Annual Conference.

International
Stephen Cotton the new General Secretary of the International Transport Workers Federation, to which the TSSA is affiliated, spoke to the EC about the excellent solidarity work being carried out around the world.  Their work in the Middle East has grown especially following the Arab Spring.
 

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