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Industrial Action Ballot Threatened at "Outrageous" Greater Anglia

10 January 2019

TSSA General Secretary, Manuel Cortes, has threatened industrial action over what he described as "outrageous behaviour" by Greater Anglia at plans to cull management grade staff.

The union has discovered that Greater Anglia is intending to dispense with some managers without giving any explanation to members about what Cortes described as “potentially unlawful actions”.

This comes at a time when the train operator – jointly owned by Abellio, part of Dutch State Railways – has made more than a billion pounds in profit from its UK operations.

Greater Anglia operates the East Anglia franchise, providing the majority of services from London Liverpool St to Essex, Suffolk, Norfolk, and parts of Hertfordshire, Cambridge as well as other regional services across the East of England.

Manuel Cortes said: “The company is behaving outrageously, and its actions are akin to those of a Victorian mill owner. If they don’t meet us to discuss this matter at once, before any manager has been made redundant, we will consider all options available to stop them including a ballot for industrial action.

“Sadly, many of our members have been affected and are considerably upset at the way they have been treated. No explanation has been forthcoming from the company and we believe Greater Anglia has behaved unlawfully in its actions against our members. We will not let this pass.

“I am seeking reassurances that this behaviour will stop forthwith and have demanded urgent meetings. Greater Anglia should suspend any pending compulsory redundancies until such meetings have been held.

“The company has been given 48 hours to comply with this otherwise we will take whatever action we deem necessary to defend the interests of our members.”  

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