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New TSSA Senior Staff Appointments

14 September 2012

Our union will now have one management team across operational and supporting services consisting of the General Secretary and four Assistant General Secretaries (Grade 7). The new structure will take effect from Monday 17 September.

Whilst in the old structure only one person held the title of AGS, there were three equivalent roles for the departmental heads (AGS for the Organising Team, the Business and Campaigns Manager and the Head of Central Services). All were at Grade 7 within the TSSA grading structure. The new structure abolishes these posts along with the two National Organisers (Grade 6) and replaces the Senior Helpdesk Organiser (Grade 6) with a Helpdesk Organiser (Grade 5). It is expected that the net financial impact of all the changes will be a saving in the region of £100,000.

Following an extensive assessment process, the four AGS posts have been filled as follows:



Line Management Responsibilities

AGS1 – Lorraine Ward

Helpdesk Organisers, Senior Regional Organiser (Scotland), Senior Regional Organiser (Ireland).

AGS2 – Steve Coe

Senior Regional Organiser (North East), Senior Regional Organiser (North West), Senior Regional Organiser (Midlands), Senior Regional Organiser (South West & Wales), Education Officer.

AGS3 – John Page

Senior Regional Organiser (London Central), Senior Regional Organiser (London North), Senior Regional Organiser (London South), Senior Regional Organiser (Network Rail), Senior Organiser (Community), Senior Organiser (Organising Team), Equality & Diversity Officer.

AGS4 – Frank Ward

Policy Adviser, Employment Rights Adviser, Journal & Web Editor, Business & Campaigns Organiser, HR Manager, Senior Finance Officer, Membership Officer, Building & Facilities Manager, IT Manager.

A key responsibility for each AGS will be to be proactive in building our relationships with the wider political, trade union and labour movement within their patch eg STUC, ICTU, various national Labour Parties as well as government institutions in Ireland, Scotland, Wales and Westminster. It is also expected that the pace of change toward TSSA becoming an organising union will speed up as a result of these changes.

The change TSSA needs to make is substantial and now needs to be bigger and more noticeable than before. It is not a case of doing what we have been doing, but doing it even better. This new management structure is the first step in that process. 


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