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Great Western Railway: We need You! – Stations Divisional Council representative Vacancy

16 August 2016

There is now a vacancy on the Stations Divisional Council (SDC) covering a constituency of former FGW Sales Grades in the East (Bristol Parkway to Paddington) this is an important role to fill especially given the changes in coming years due to projects such as Crossrail which may have a knock on impact to those left in GWR and potential plans for the company not to fill staff vacancies in some stations. We are asking TSSA members in the relevant constituency to consider standing for this seat. You can find a copy of the nomination form via the online version of this circular at


TSSA stations members will be eligible to stand if they are CS Assistants, CSA’s, CSS’s and work in either:

Bristol Parkway

Didcot Parkway


London Paddington



If you fit within the criteria above please consider filling this important role.

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. All terms of office for these positions run until 31/12/2017

I want to put my name forward

In order to stand firstly the TSSA needs to be clear that you will be representative of the staff and will comply with TSSA rules which is why we ask you to complete a nomination form, sign to say that you will comply with TSSA rules and also get some of your colleagues to nominate you. Please complete your nomination form to be received by 9am on 16 September 2016, Nomination forms can be found online at by clicking here

 or by visiting the online version of this form at

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