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London Transport EC Election 2011: Details

29 March 2011

Personal Statements and Biographical details of candidates

Neeta Patel

Neeta Patel



Personal Statement:

I have been a railway trade unionist since 1992, and have always taken an active part in organising and demonstrating that the trade union is a key player in work place activities and is vital for the welfare and rights of all transport workers.

Having worked in all types of jobs on the railway from administration to operational roles, I have a very good insight into the needs of each category of worker and I am more than willing to fight hard for all your rights.

If elected, I will:

- Fight to protect pension rights for existing and new staff.
- Fight against any cuts which may threaten transport workers livelihoods.
- Furnish you will up to date and real time information for your branch and divisional council meetings.
- Attend meetings of all branches.
- Continue to fight for improvements to working pay and conditions.


Biography:

I have been a leading member in organising union workplace activities and I am a strong believer in that union representatives should lead from the front in all union activities and by example. I will now list some of the union positions I have been involved in whilst representing Tssa members interests.

Positions Held:

- Divisional Council Secretary.
- Branch Secretary Underground No1.
- Safety Council Reserve Tier 2 Representative.
- Health & Safety Tier 1 Representative.

Activities involved in:

- Annual Conference (Attendee 4 times).
- Black workers conference.
- TUC Women’s Conference.
- Leading member of Hendon Labour Party.
- Member of Gillingham (Kent) Trades Council.
- Uniform Consultative committee Member
- Women’s Officer – Underground No1.
- EMIX Secretary (self organising group)
- Women’s Network Group (LUL)
- BAME (LUL)

There are also many campaigns which I have been involved in, some these include:

- Campaign against PPP (Public,Private,partnership).
- Campaigned against PFI (public Finance Initiative)
- Campaign against Ken Livingstone booking office closures.
- Campaigned against job cuts on LUL and co-ordinate strike action.
- Helped to organise the protest against government cuts within LTDC.
- Campaigned on local transport issues within the Hendon area.
- Campaigned against government rises in students tuition fees.

Qualifications:

- Stage 3 Health & Safety.
- IOSH (Institute of Safety and Health).
- Harassment Course.
- Levels 1 & 2 Health and Safety Representatives course.
- Local Investigation Course.
- Risk Assessors Course.
- Negotiating Course.
- Collective Bargaining Course.
- Disability Awareness Course.

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Felicity Premru

Felicity Premru



Statement

We are currently facing unprecedented attacks on the public sector and marginalisation of trade unions.

The proud history of London transports’ diverse and dedicated workforce has been marred by the use of the company as a political football, management fads and creeping privatisation. We need to fight every job cut and listen to members who know best how to provide sustainable transport.

I am anti-cuts and for social justice, but do not belong to any political party –I believe we should all work together to build a strong opposition and create positive alternatives.

We need
- Collective campaigns to fight cuts, equality and pensions at risk
- A strong voice for LT Division
- Democratisation, better communications, participation and support for all reps and members in the Underground, London’s Buses and TfL
- Democratic accountability, a committed EC member, and regular reports from EC
- Strategy for expanded integrated publicly owned transport

Biography

I work at London Transport Museum and have been an active member of TSSA for 21 years. I am currently an industrial relations representative and Vice Chair of TfL Central Branch. I am delegate to LT Divisional Council, Hackney Trades Council and South East Region TUC. As well as representing the branch at Annual Conference and collaborating with our Division many times at Annual Conference where our union’s policy is made, I was delegate to TUC in Manchester in 2010.

As a parent who firmly believes in access for all to good, free, inclusive state education, I was formerly Chair of the Management Committee of New River Green Early Years Centre, I have been active in the PTA and recently part of a successful teacher-parent campaign to stop moves towards our local community school becoming an Academy.

I am involved in local and national anti-cuts groups to save our services, the residents’ association and community issues, and with environmental initiatives which promote the expansion of public transport. I am on the committee of the Campaign Against Climate Change Trade Union Group which is promoting a joined up policy for a million new climate jobs – presenting the case for more, not fewer jobs in the public sector.

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Bernard Gentry

Bernard Gentry



Biographical Details

I joined TSSA at the same time I joined London Transport in 1983. In the 28 years since then, as well as working across the underground network on the Northern, Metropolitan and Victoria Lines as a Booking Clerk and more recently a Station Supervisor, I have also played a full and active role in our union including being:

- Chair London Transport Divisional Council
- Currently Vice – Chair LT Divisional Council
- Currently Chair Underground No.1 Branch
- Vice Chair Underground No.1 Branch
- TSSA Annual Conference Delegate 5 times
- TSSA Local Rep for 25yrs

I also have a reputation for getting things done, holding management to account and standing up for you – the member! I have been a rep for 25 years and have a vast experience including:

- Currently TSSA Chair of the Stations & Revenue Safety Council
- Currently TSSA Rep on Stations & Revenue Safety Council
- Currently TSSA H&S Tier 1 Rep
- TSSA IR Rep
- Member of TSSA Team at ACAS talks 2010
- Member of TSSA Team at Dispute talks 2007
- Currently TSSA Rep on LUL Safety Forum
- Currently TSSA Rep on the 4Company Safety Forum
- Currently leading for TSSA on the Secondary Safety Review
- Currently TSSA Rep on the Uniform Committee

I am also deeply involved in my local community in South London. I served 8 years as a Councillor on Lambeth Council holding many senior positions including Group Leader. I also served 2 years on the Western Riverside Waste Authority responsible for refuse and recycling in four south and west London Boroughs. In addition I have been a governor on three schools in my local area and was Chair of the local town centre board.

Londonwide I was a candidate in the GLA Elections in 2004 and nationally I have contested 2 Parliamentary Seats in Vauxhall in 1992 and Telford in 1997. Over the years I have had many articles in the local, regional and national press and television appearances including Newsnight and BBC and ITV regional news programmes.
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Jason Turvey

Jason Turvey



Biography

London Underground Career

I joined London Underground Ltd in 1989 aged 16 as a Passenger Services Trainee.

I have worked at various locations including Liverpool Street, Aldgate, Mile End and Hainault on stations and in signal cabins, becoming a Senior Signal Operator at Earl’s Court in 1997.

I am currently based at Earl’s Court Service Control Room as a Service Competence Assurance Controller, managing the competence of signalling staff working in the control room.

TSSA roles and responsibilities

Elected to represent TSSA at Service Control Functional Council in 2006

Staff Side member of Service Control Joint Working Group, a sub-committee of the Company Council tasked with members’ issues in connection with line upgrades

Representing TSSA members at grievances, harassment and disciplinary hearings

Active recruiter of new members across all grades and functions

Delegate for LUL Operating Manager’s Branch (450) at Annual Conference in 2008

Branch Auditor

Past Trade Union Experience

Local, line and functional committee representative

Tier 1 and Tier 2 Health and Safety representative

TUC Youth Delegate (1997)

Trade Union Qualifications

Stage 1 and 2 (Industrial Relations Representatives) courses
Stage 1 and 2 (Health and Safety Representatives) courses

Election Address

I have been an active trade unionist for over twenty years and an industrial relations representative for over fifteen years. I have been a member of TSSA since 2006.

If you elect me to TSSA’s Executive Committee, I promise to give regular verbal and written reports from Executive Committee and other meetings at Divisional Council.

I will represent you at Company Council and other high-level forums, with a clear commitment to defend your interests, protect your pensions and improve your pay and conditions - year in, year out.

I will champion the issues that concern YOU at Executive Committee, support your branch’s delegates at Annual Conference and embrace all means to circulate information and support to all members on issues from TSSA Head Office as they happen.

I respectfully seek your support for election to the Executive Committee.

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