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First ScotRail: RMT Strike Action 22 & 24 December: Advice to TSSA Members

13 December 2012

As TSSA has not balloted for strike action, members are advised to work normally. However, TSSA urges members not to act in a way that would undermine the RMT action.

Advice has been received from the RMT that their members in First ScotRail will be taking strike action as under viz.:

  • All RMT members (with the exception of Sleeper Service members) to take 24 hours of strike action by not booking on for any turns of duty between 23.59 on Friday 21st December 2012 and 23.58 on Saturday 22nd December 2012.
  • All RMT members (with the exception of  Sleeper Service members) to take 24 hours of strike action by not booking on for any turns duty between 23.59 on Sunday 23rd December 2012 and 23.58 on Monday 24th December 2012.
  • All RMT Sleeper Service members to take 24 hours of strike action by not booking on for any turns duty between 17.30 on Friday 21st December 2012 and 17.29 on Saturday 22nd December 2012.
  • All RMT Sleeper Service members to take 24 hours of strike action by not booking on for any turns duty between 17.30 on Sunday 23rd December 2012 and 17.29 on Monday 24th December 2012.

TSSA members are strongly advised to carry out their normal duties and they 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. TSSA 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. Members should not at any time act in breach of their contracts of employment.

As TSSA is not calling members out on strike, TSSA members are advised to work normally. However, TSSA urges members not to act in a way that would undermine the RMT action.

Members are strongly advised not to undertake safety critical duties and activities unless they are fully trained, knowledgeable and familiarised. Members should not agree to undertake any additional duties where there is any doubt as to their individual competence, especially in respect of safety matters. Members will appreciate the danger of legal liability in the event of an accident or other breach of safety.

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 RMT, the circumstances should be reported immediately to the TSSA Helpdesk. This advice applies to circumstances whether or not the individual’s judgement is that they are competent to undertake the duties in question.

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 another union’s 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 of your normal duties,  please contact our TSSA Helpdesk for further advice and assistance. The Helpdesk freephone number is: 0800 3282673

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