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Right to Work

1 September 2011

Advice to members on the Right to Work Audit

Right to Work Audit
First Great Western is in the process of completing a ‘right to work audit’, this involves checking that all staff who have started working after the law was implemented can provide documents to show that they have the right to work in the UK.

It is not to question your nationality in any way and FGW have to do this audit by law and face a fine for not doing so. TSSA strongly advises all members to comply with this instruction and supply the relevant documents to your manager as soon as possible.

If you have problems supplying these documents please speak to your manager as they can allow you extra time to get them and may even be able to help, to do this they will need to know straight away.
What happens if you fail to supply these documents?

FGW will shortly be issuing a reminder letter to all staff about the need to supply these documents. After a set deadline that will be advised on the letter any member of staff that has not either supplied there documents or been to see their manager will be invited into a meeting.

This meeting will be to terminate the contract of employment, FGW are forced to do this as they have to show that ever one who works for them is legally able to do so.

This includes British born citizens who have never lived abroad. TSSA remain committed to support all members through this process and have issued this circular as advice as we do not want to see any of our members dismissed.
If you have any questions please feel free to contact me on


Mike Wheeler
Regional Organiser TSSA

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