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Great Western Railway: Stations Divisional Council Elections

21 September 2017


We all know that the railways are changing and may look very different in the years to come, which is why it is important that you all have a say in how it is shaped through your trade union representatives. At the end of this Year the terms of office for all your Stations Divisional Council representatives will expire. It is important that TSSA field candidates that you the members support so that once GWR run the elections you can be sure that the TSSA candidates will represent your interests, therefore TSSA is running a nomination process from our members for the following positions:



Grades represented

Number of positions

Former FGW Sales Grades

CS Assistant, CSA, CSS

2 – (1 seat covering Paddington to Bristol Parkway and 1 covering Chippenham to Plymouth)


CO3, CO4, CO5


Former Thames Trains Salaried

S2, S6, S9, S10


Former Wessex Salaried

S2, S6, S9, S10



If you are interested in applying then you need to be a TSSA member, have 6 months’ service with GWR and be within the relevant grade and constituency to stand for the position. You can apply by filling in a nomination form and getting 6 TSSA members from the same constituency to nominate you and returning it by 12 noon on Monday 16th October 2017. Nomination forms can be accessed online here .


What do SDC reps do?

Firstly, it is important to point out that you will receive paid release to both perform your duties and attend the necessary training that TSSA will provide but you will also receive support both from other trade union representatives and the Full-time officer Alan Valentine.

In relation to the role as well as working with other Union representatives, being the point of contact for TSSA in your constituency and assisting members on an individual basis you will negotiate on issues affecting the staff within your constituency and the Stations function such as:

a) Grade structures, remuneration systems and related terms and conditions of employment affecting employees

b) Promotion, transfer, Redundancy and Resettlement Arrangements

c) To deal, through avoidance of disputes procedure, with failures to agree on collective questions recorded at local level.

d) Agree and review local staff representative constituencies as appropriate.

You will also consult on issues such as:

a) Changes in working practices

b) Implementation of agreements reached by the company Council including discipline, welfare, travel facilities, general medical standards, company employment policies and procedures

c) Arrangements for implementing Company Franchise obligations

In order to fulfil the role, it is imperative that you liaise with members and local reps so that they can both have a say in what decisions are made but are also up to date on what discussions and agreements have been made with Stations management. It is also a key part of the role to recruit non-members into TSSA so that they have a voice through you as the rep and protections at work, non-members can join online at

All terms of office for the above positions will run until 31/12/2020

Please note there are a number of Local Stations Representative roles (LDC positions) which also expire on 31/12/2017 so please consider putting your name forward for one of these and if interested contact Alan Valentine on or 07775912829. There are several positions that have been vacant for some time and need to be filled.

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