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Powering our union long into our future!

25 January 2018

Manuel Cortes is delighted that TSSA have reached a memorandum of understanding with High-Speed 2 (HS2).

We are very hopeful that this will pave the way for a future recognition agreement. Our new relationship with the company allows our union to elect and train three TSSA workplace representatives. HS2 will ensure that they have reasonable time-off to carry out their duties which will include supporting our members through disciplinary and grievance hearings as well as making sure high standards of health and safety apply. They will also get access to noticeboards, meeting rooms and time to recruit new members including having a slot during inductions for new staff.

Our union has a proud history, stretching back over 120 years, of providing an effective and powerful voice for generations of transport and travel workers - defending their interests without fear or favour! Our agreement with HS2 cements our ability to continuing doing just that, well into our future. Although the company is currently in an embryonic state, it will eventually grow and provide thousands of railway jobs for generations to come. We are confident that those workers, just like you, will value the many benefits of belonging to our TSSA family.

Talking about the future, although a far more immediate one. As many of you will know, trains will start running on Crossrail with the phased introduction of the Elizabeth Line through central London from this December. I am extremely pleased that we have been able to extend our recognition within Transport for London. TSSA has now secured union recognition for collective bargaining to cover workers employed in Rail for London Infrastructure (RfL(I) whose jobs will be to ensure the safe management of rail operations through the new tunnel linking East and West London. I am sure you will join me in welcoming RfL(I) members to our union and of course, anyone else, who has recently joined our ranks.

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