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National Reps Training Seminar 2011, 12-14 May 2011, Norwich

29 October 2010

All TSSA staff representatives are invited to apply for a place at the TSSA National Reps Training Seminar 2011, to be held at ‘Open247’, Norwich. It will be even bigger and better than this year’s event in Dublin! TSSA will have exclusive use of Open247, a superb modern venue located in the centre of Norwich.

The massive cuts in public spending now being proposed by the government will pose many challenges to TSSA members and their reps. NRTS 2011 will address the need for a collective union response to those challenges, drawing upon the ability of union members to work together to organise around the key issues. It will also address the need to run campaigns that are effective in defending public transport and public services, including those that work in them and those that use them.

NRTS 2011 is an opportunity for reps to discuss their problems and experiences with other TSSA reps, paid staff and external speakers with a view to learning how to develop successful strategies to achieve success on behalf of the people they represent.

TSSA Annual Conference, the body that decides on the union’s policies, will take place immediately after NRTS 2011, making it easy for reps attending NRTS 2011 to go on to attend the conference as delegates. The discussions at NRTS 2011 will almost certainly inform some of the key policy debates at the conference.

Branches will shortly be electing their delegates to go to this important event, and TSSA reps have an important part to play in shaping the union’s industrial, political and campaigning policies. Details about Annual Conference are set out in Circular 350, which is also published on the TSSA website.

Any rep that is elected to be a delegate to Annual Conference will automatically be offered a place at NRTS 2011 if their the branch ensures that the delegates form is received at Head Office no later than Friday 18 February 2011.

If this year is anything to go by, there will be keen competition for the 150 places at NRTS 2011, the union’s flagship training event of the year.
Reps are therefore urged to apply as soon as possible, and no later than Friday 18 February 2010.

TSSA National Reps Training Seminar 2011

Important information for applicants




Applying to attend NRTS 2011




Reps wishing to apply for a place at NRTS 2011 will be required to complete an on-line application form.

Applications close on Friday 18 February 2011.

Any rep that has difficulty in making an on-line application should contact the TSSA Helpdesk.

Applicants will be informed as to whether or not their application was successful by no later than 18 March 2011.

When and where



Registration will commence at noon on Thursday 12 May 2011, with the opening session of NRTS 2011 commencing at 1.30pm. The event will end at 12.30pm on Saturday 14 May 2011.

NRTS 2011 will be held at Open247, Norwich (for further details see http://www.open247.org.uk/).

Hotel accommodation



TSSA offers participants with free hotel accommodation. It is expected that most participants will be accommodated at the Nelson Premier Inn, situated by the River Wensum, opposite Norwich rail station and no more than ten minutes walk from Open247. For further details, see: http://www.premierinn.com/en/hotel/NORNEL/norwich-nelson-city-centre

All participants may stay in hotel accommodation provided by TSSA on Thursday 12 May and Friday 13 May. Free hotel accommodation on Wednesday 11 May will be offered to those whose journey would otherwise require them to leave home before 7am on Thursday 12 May in order to get to Open 247 in Norwich by 1pm. Accommodation will also be offered on Saturday 14 May to those that would otherwise be unable to arrive at their home until after 9:00pm on that day. Please note that TSSA will NOT reimburse you for accommodation arranged by yourself.

Travel arrangements



Travel costs will be reimbursed, subject to the following:

Use of private cars

Use of private cars for all or part of the journey must be authorised in advance by Steve Coe, TSSA National Organiser. Authorisation for private car use will only be given in exceptional circumstances.

Participants living in Scotland, Wales and England

Participants living in Scotland, Wales and England will generally be expected to use rail services, booking in advance where possible to obtain the cheapest fare. Air travel may also be used for all or part of the journey if it would be cheaper than rail.

Using air travel for all or part of the journey may avoid the need for additional overnight accommodation on Wednesday 11 May and/or Saturday 14 May. If this is the case, participants should contact Steve Coe, TSSA National Organiser, for authority to use air travel instead of rail travel.

Participants living in Ireland

Participants living in Ireland will be expected to use the cheapest combination of air, rail and bus services for their journey.


Release from work



Your employer should release you with pay to allow you to attend this training event. Any problems in obtaining release should be discussed with your TSSA regional team.

Special needs



Applicants should indicate any special needs in the on-line application form.

Open247 is fully accessible to those with mobility difficulties.
Special diets including vegetarian, vegan and other diets will be accommodated.

TSSA is committed to equal opportunities, and addressing the needs of all participants, including those with disabilities, and those with childcare and caring responsibilities. Applicants may be contacted to discuss their needs, and reasonable requirements will be met.

Every effort will be made to ensure reasonable provision of care for pre-school aged children to enable full participation in NRTS 2010. This will be made according to individual needs. Unfortunately, this will not extend to hours outside of those when NRTS 2011 is taking place.

It may be necessary to pass on information to a third party with regard to the provision of special needs such as facilities for those with disabilities. Any such transfer of information that identifies an individual will be made only where necessary.

Information relating to special needs will be processed and retained by TSSA only in connection with this event.

Social events



Social events will take place on both Thursday and Friday evenings. An event will also be organised for Wednesday evening those arriving early.

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