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Southern: TUPE transfer of Managment & Admin Grades to Govia Thameslink Railway

13 February 2015

TSSA was recently informed by Southern of the proposed transfer of employees to Govia Thameslink Railway


Part of the transfer process requires consultation to take place with representatives of the employees – the trade unions.

This meeting occurred with joint representation of Southern and GTR and was only relevant to Management and Band D grades, other grades employed in Southern will be in participate in a separate TUPE consultation.

A number of assurances were sought from GTR following the transfer which possibly will take place at 02.00 hours on 26th July 2015.

Set out below are the responses from the employer to various issues raised:

1) Employees will retain their existing terms and conditions, at the time of transfer. However some employees transferred into a new position will be asked to sign GTR contracts of employment

2) There will be further discussion on the continuation of Southern Policies and Procedures.

3) It is planned to retain a Southern Section of the railway pension fund, this is awaiting agreement from the Department for Transport. This will be confirmed at a further meeting.

4) There are proposals to change the current structure or numbers of employees following the TUPE transfer (see circular 42/15)

5) BR protected employees transferring will retain their travel facilities. A decision is yet to be made in regard to the staff travel facilities provided by Southern and GTR.

6) The same four weekly pay cycles, and overtime cycle will continue at present, but the four week cycle maybe changed sometime in the future after the transfer.

7) There will be a need to have confirmation that PPE, mobile phones, laptops and vehicles will be provided to use on the first day of the transfer.

8) There are some proposed changes to work locations, but all the locations in the new organisation have not been confirmed.

9) There will be clarification given in regard to any employees who currently receive private health schemes and the current performance share scheme, currently received by Southern.

10) It was stated that those on fixed term contracts would not be transferring to the new employer, TSSA have stated the employer may have to reconsider this matter. Those seconded into other positions will transfer from their substantive post.

11) It will be clarified that Southern employees will transfer over with their relevant safety critical certificates and there will be consideration of an exemption of medicals for safety critical employees changing employer.

15) The transfer will be safety validated.

Any members with any further questions should not hesitate to contact the TSSA helpdesk or their representatives on this matter. TSSAI will also inform members of further consultation meetings due to take place.

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