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18 October 2010

On 14 October 2010 Management and HQ Clerical representatives met with the company to be consulted on their annual functional review.

Management Proposals

The company outlined their proposals for the annual functional review as part of the EFQM process where the company reviews if the structures meet the requirement of the business. The company propose to remove the following 12 posts from the organisation (SMH = St Mary’s House in Cardiff):

- Senior Driver Trainer, Chester (x1 – Vacant Post)
- Technical Inspector, Canton (x1 – Reduction from 5 to 4 posts)
- Station Manager North Wales (x1- Merger of 2 posts into 1)
- Station Manager Chester (x1- Merger of 2 posts into 1)
- Reservations Database Controller, SMH (x1- Merger of 2 posts into 1)
- Business Travel Co-ordinator, SMH (x1- Merger of 2 posts into 1)
- Senior Recruitment Advisor, SMH (x1- Reduction from 2 to 1 posts)
- Driver Team Manager, Cardiff (x1- Reduction from 11 to 10 posts)
- Resource Clerk, Machynlleth (x1- Reduction from 1 to 0 posts)
- Resource Clerk, Cardiff (x1- Reduction from 1 to 0 posts)
- Resource Manager Cardiff, (x1- Reduction from 1 to 0 posts)
- Station Resource Officer, Cardiff Central (x1- Reduction from 1 to 0 posts)

Further to this they plan to create 11 new posts in the organisation:
- Technical Inspector, Machynlleth (x1)
- Technical Instructor, Canton (x1)
- Station Manager Chester/North Wales (x1 – Merged post 2 into 1)
- Reservations Data Controller / Business Bookings (x1 – Merged post 2 into 1)
- Driver Trainer, Cardiff (X1)
- Head of Projects, SMH (x1)
- National Stations Improvement Project (NSIP) Project Manager, SMH (x1) (2 year Post)
- Revenue Analysis Manager, SMH (x1)
- Management Development Tutor (x1) (Part Time)
- Depot Supervisor, Rhymney/Treherbert (x2)

Staff side response

TSSA made it clear we would be looking for no compulsory redundancies. The company advised whilst they aim to do everything that they can to prevent compulsory redundancies there are less opportunities for staff displaced in the North to find a suitable alternative post and so they couldn’t make any guarantees.

The company will be offering a Voluntary redundancy scheme as they have done in previous years and staff will have the opportunity of applying for this up until 29 October with no commitment to accept. We asked for assurances that where staff are allowed to leave on voluntary terms that there is transparency so that displaced staff have the opportunity of moving into vacant posts which are created.

We also asked for further information such as the job descriptions for the new posts and organisation charts so as the 30-day consultation unfolds we will be looking to get more information form the company to assist us in the process.

What Next

If you are one of the staff effected we want to ensure that you are supported through this process to ensure that your rights are enforced. You may have questions, or even counter proposals to removing some of these posts. You can contact your Company council rep to get more information, for those based in:

St Mary’s House please contact Cheryl O’Brien on 02920720563

Canton Depot please contact Dean Fry on 07966381631

Outside of the above please contact Chris Ball on 07798856644

We would ask that you also contact your rep if you are accepted for voluntary redundancy and decide to take this so that we know where vacancies are created and can compare this with information received by the company.

At present we are running a nomination process for representatives in HQ Clerical Positions if you are interested in getting more involved in TSSA to help your fellow members then contact Alan Valentine on

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