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Future of the Northern Franchise

13 June 2019

Dear Colleague No doubt you will have seen or heard news coverage in relation to our General Secretary, Manuel Cortes, calling for the Northern franchise to be brought into public ownership.

Manuel’s comments come on the back of information passed to our union from a very reliable and credible source within the rail industry.

At the time of writing, your employer has neither confirmed nor denied our claim - or any of the other many rumours - that they face serious financial difficulties and the very real possibility of having to ‘hand back the keys’ by the end of the year.

Obviously, these are worrying times for yourself and fellow colleagues. I would like to reassure you that no matter what the future holds myself and your TSSA Representatives will do everything to ensure your jobs, income and future prospects are protected.

A union is only as strong as its members. TSSA membership in Northern has been growing healthily over the past year – no doubt as a result of people seeing the great work your representatives do on a day in day out basis as trade unionists.

Now more than ever is the time you and your colleagues will need the support of TSSA. Please do ask your immediate colleagues if they are a members of our union – and if not, get them to join. Joining TSSA couldn’t be easier – just go to and follow the online instructions.


Chris Hargrave

TSSA Organiser

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