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September 2017 EC Summary

18 September 2017

Summary of the key issues and decisions made at the meeting of TSSA's Executive Committee held on 14 and 15 September 2017

There were two apologies for absence - Steve Andrews (Anglia and London East) and Al Stoten (London South) who were both on leave.

Political and Campaigns

The General Secretary and President reported on TUC Congress, which was very successful for the TSSA. Our motion on buses, which instructed the TUC to lobby the Department of Transport and other administrations outside of London to support bus services by reviewing its approach to social impact assessments for all investment decisions and to call for the re-regulation of bus services, amended by Unite, was passed. Additionally, a TSSA motion on climate change was also passed. A speech was also made by TSSA’s President on the future of the steel industry.

It was also agreed by the EC that due to new anti-union laws with effect from 1st April next year, members’ subscriptions would not be used to fund the union’s Political Fund. Instead, members would be actively encouraged to make voluntary contributions to the Political Fund by direct debit or standing order, with the option to pay either by monthly or one-off contributions. Our political voice will be completely gone if members don't make voluntary contributions and we will not even be able to express an opinion on who we would like to see in government. We are now in discussions with the Certification Officer over this mater.

The EC agreed to send a letter of support in the name of the General Secretary to three disabled Unite members working for the Co-operative, who have been threatened with dismissal because their work has been outsourced.

The Executive Committee agreed to endorse and nominate Richard Leonard for the position of leader of Scottish Labour Party.

Our Scottish EC member, Stephen Lawrence attended a commemorative event on 2nd September for those who fell fighting for the International Brigades in the Spanish Civil War and a wreath was laid. Stephen provided a full report to the Executive Committee on the day of commemoration.

Industrial Relations

ScotRail - following the very successful ballot of TSSA members working in Abellio Scotrail’s CCTV Centres, which was the first to take place since the introduction of anti-trade union laws on thresholds on turnouts and ballot results, an offer has been made by Scotrail intended to resolve the dispute.

Financial

Work is in full swing at the time of writing on vacating Walkden House following the compulsory purchase of the building by HS2. Staff will be relocating to temporary accommodation at Euston Tower, and there are considerable short-term costs for agents working on behalf of the union to manage the move out of Walkden House and into new accommodation in the future.

Members are reminded to continue to send any postal items to TSSA’s original address, as these items will be redirected to our new temporary home.

A £100 donation was agreed to the Russian Revolution Centenary Committee.

TSSA Democracy

The EC received correspondence from London Metropolitan branch regarding the issue of the transfer of members from another London Underground branch, as well as the election of reps to various roles. The EC will send a suitable response in due course. Additionally, all LUL branches will be advised to carry out full mapping exercises of their members ahead of full elections early in the new year.

Time to Grow and Organising

Membership numbers continue to slowly decline. The Executive Committee agreed that all representatives of the union would be enrolled onto recruitment training courses in the new year. This training would be compulsory.

TSSA Helpdesk

The Executive Committee was given a presentation by a representative of our TSSA Helpdesk service provider on the performance of the service over the last five months. It was confirmed that, of the 1,400 enquiries made in the last five months, 95% were resolved by 4.00pm the following day. Enquiries were on a diverse spread of topics, including contractual, grievances, referral to reps and disciplinary hearings.

The next meeting of the Executive Committee would be on 26th and 27th October

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