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Great Western Railway: Stations Divisional Council Elections

11 December 2017

We wrote out to members several months ago calling on nominations for Divisional council representatives. This circular is to advise of the outcome of that process and ask for your support for the TSSA candidates in the upcoming elections as well as to ask for candidates to be nominated for the TSSO role and Thames Trains Salaried position.


For those in the Wessex constituency please lend your support and encourage your colleagues who are a member of a trade union to vote for TSSA candidates Andrew Hook and Tony Price. For those in the Former FGW Sales grades East stations (those between Bristol Parkway and Paddington) please lend your support and encourage your colleagues who are a member of a trade union to vote for TSSA candidates Alan Wilde.


Grades represented

TSSA Candidates

Former FGW Sales Grades West (Chippenham to Plymouth)

CS Assistant, CSA, CSS

No nomination received – RMT candidate elected unopposed

Former FGW Sales Grades East (Paddington to Bristol Parkway)

CS Assistant, CSA, CSS

Alan Wilde – election due


CO3, CO4, CO5

Nominations can still be received as no nominee from either union

Former Thames Trains Salaried

S2, S6, S9, S10

Nominations can still be received as no nominee from either union

Former Wessex Salaried

S2, S6, S9, S10

Andrew Hook – election Due

Tony Price – election due


For those seats where the company has received absolutely no nominations (Former FGW TSSO and Former Thames trains Salaried) we really need TSSA members to stand. 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 29th January 2018. Nomination forms can be accessed online here or by visiting and accessing the online link to this communication. Further information will follow relating to the process for elections.

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

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, if you have further questions please contact Alan Valentine on

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