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June 2016 EC summary

4 July 2016

Summary of the key issues and decisions made at the meeting of TSSA's Executive Committee held on 9 and 10 June 2016

Apologies were received from Bob Bayley (sickness) and Gary Kilroy (annual leave)

Industrial relations

Following negotiations with management, TSSA has now reached agreement with Virgin Trains East Coast over remuneration for rest day working.

Talks with Abellio Scotrail continue over our dispute involving control staff and are moving in a positive direction thanks in part to the clear mandate for industrial action.

TSSA Democracy

It has now been agreed that 2017 Annual Delegate's Conference will take place at the Hilton Hotel in Liverpool from 24-26 June.

A report from the Rule Book Working Party was noted and agreed. A consultation exercise will now begin on the content of a proposed rule book. As agreed at Conference, the purpose of this exercise is to rationalise the rule book, not to change the content of the rules.

A Special Delegate Conference to consider the proposed new rule book will take place at the Wesley Hotel in London on Saturday 26 November. Further details will follow in due course.

The EC received and agreed a report on possible changes to our conference democracy for discussion with members as part of the debate on ‘participatory democracy’ being held in each division during July and August. Proposals include increasing the number of delegates from larger branches proportionally, while also increasing the representation of women and young members. Any proposal to increase the number of delegates would be accompanied by an increase in the number of motions that larger branches would be allowed to submit.

Organising and Membership

The EC was presented a paper on education pathways within TSSA and will review the Operational Plan at its next meeting in August.

Political

The EC considered a report from the Campaign for Better Transport on its achievements in 2015. It was agreed to pay the affiliation fee, which was in the sum of £12,500.

The EC considered an invitation from the RMT to join it in sponsoring a student scholarship in Palestine. The proposal is for the student to undertake postgraduate study in Health Policy & Management, to address a skills shortage in Palestine. This has been agreed in principle, with the value of the TSSA contribution to be agreed by the EC at a later meeting.

The EC also considered a letter from University and College Union asking that TSSA make a donation to support a ‘cultural advocacy tour’ of the UK in July 2016 by a group of young Palestinians from the Lajee Centre (which some EC members had visited as part of a joint union delegation to Palestine last year). A donation of £500 was agreed.

The EC also agreed to a request from the LU MATS & Operating Managers (450) branch that we ask SERTUC to promote a statement in support of Haitham Mohamedain, an Egyptian labour lawyer and socialist activist who has been imprisoned by the Egyptian government. The link to the statement is https://egyptsolidarityinitiative.org/haithamstatement Please add your name to the statement and share this with members of your branches, SOGs and Divisional Council.
Following a request from Anglia No.1 branch, the Executive Committee agreed to allow the branch to donate the sums of £100 both to Chelmsford CLP and Chelmsford and District Trades Council.

TSSA agreed a request for endorsement from the former Trade Union Group MP Tony Lloyd, who is now seeking selection as Labour candidate for Mayor of Greater Manchester. No request for financial support has been received at this time.

The EC considered a request to support a project by the New Economics Foundation on Sustainable Development Goals. A contribution of £1000 from the Political Fund was agreed.

The EC considered a request to support an event on ‘Irish Perspectives on the EU Referendum’ which is being organised by the all-party Parliamentary group on the Irish in Britain at Congress House next Wednesday 15 June, 1900. A donation of £300 from the Political Fund was agreed.

Manuel Cortes has spoken on behalf of TSSA at a number of events in favour of Britain remaining in the EU. Chris Clark (EC member for the London Transport division) will be speaking at the London ‘Rally for your rights’ with John McDonnell MP on Thursday 16 June. More details can be found here: http://www.cwu.org/media/events/2016/june/16/rally-for-your-rights

Strategy

Talks with Ireland’s National Bus & Rail Union (NBRU) about forming a federation in Ireland continue, with the focus now being on the practicalities of recruitment in bus driver and clerical grades.

Finances

The following requests for donations/sponsorship were agreed:

(i) Edinburgh International Festival James Connolly Event - £50
(ii) Blacklist Films - £25
(iii) TTIP War On Want Campaign - £50
(iv) Cumbria Pride 2016 - £25
(v) Sheffield Pride 2016 - £25
(vi) UEL Labour Students - £25
(vii) National Museums Wales - £25
(viii) Derby Area Trades Union Council - £25

This is a brief summary. For further details, please contact your Executive Committee member.

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