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May 2018 EC Summary

31 May 2018

Summary of the key issues and decisions made at the meeting of TSSA's Executive Committee held on 24 and 25 May 2018.

There was one apology for absence - Stephen Lawrence (Scotland) – bereavement and Bob Bayley who was attending the TUC Disabled Conference.

Industrial Relations

In Scotrail, talks continue on the ongoing dispute in CCTV control centres. Following a further ballot for TSSA members, two days of strike action were suspended as a good will gesture whilst talks continue.

In Dublin, 26 former Dublin Bus operated routes will transfer to Go Ahead, along with a number of Bus Eirann routes. Go Ahead will not take over these routes via TUPE regulations and trade union recognition has yet to be determined. Go Ahead are recruiting drivers on their new venture at rates of pay approximately 50% lower than those of Dublin Bus drivers.

Financial

The EC agreed that all branches would be contacted advising them of progress with our unions final accounts and which branches will be able to ask questions on when they are published.

Tenders have been received and reviewed for the re-fit of the second floor of 17 Devonshire Square near Liverpool Street and a BNP Paribas Real Estate has been selected. It is hoped that work will commence soon and be completed by October 2018.

Political and Campaigns

Plans continue on the Brexit demonstration which will take place at Congress House on 21st June.

The Executive Committee was given a presentation by Ian Smith, Director at Transport for Quality of Life, on the future of railways and the possibilities for a nationalised railway under a future Labour government.

The Executive Committee received and noted a full and detailed report from Barry James, who was one of TSSA’s delegates to Cuba’s Young Trade Unionists May Day Brigade celebrations this year. The EC thanks Barry for his report.

The Executive Committee also noted reports from Steve Leggett from the TUC London East and South East AGM, as well as an update from Steve Whitehead on his attendance at the National Pensioners’ Convention National Council.

The Executive Committee was given a presentation by Gabriel Mocho Rodriguez of the Argentine Solidarity Campaign. Mr Rodriguez spoke on the decision of Argentina’s President, Mauricio Macri, to enter negotiations with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) for a line of credit thought to be worth £22bn. The IMF commonly attached Neo-liberal conditions on loans and credit lines which include privatisation and erosion of sovereignty.

TSSA Democracy

It was agreed that the following organisations would be at Annual Conference in Leicester:

• Cuba Solidarity Campaign
• Transport Benevolent Fund
• National Pensioners’ Convention


Time to Grow and Organising

Membership continues its slow decline. Following an update on TSSA’s education programme, it was confirmed that recruitment skills training courses for all representatives of the union would commence in September.

GDPR

The Executive Committee were given a presentation on the work the union has carried out to com-ply with General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which became enforceable on 26th May.


The next full meeting of the Executive Committee would be on 2nd and 3rd August in Quorn

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