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Station Staff Reorganisation

11 March 2011

TSSA’s has met Southern over a number of meetings to discuss the company’s proposals on train despatch at various locations across the region.

The TSSA has grave concerns over changes to train despatch and the consequential impact on safety standards. Southern stated that all the proposed changes had been risk assessed and the local Heath & Safety Representatives had been in attendance at the assessments. They further stated that they had not reviewed train despatch since the replacement of slam door stock with automatic door stock.
- Southern originally proposed the removal of 97 positions but following the first stage of consultation that was reduced to 60 and following further consultation to 50 positions. Currently there are 33 vacancies on Southern in similar roles. The Company Council went through every location with management and challenged each proposal. TSSA stressed that there were other reasons to retain staff at the proposed locations such as security and customer service. TSSA trade union representatives will raise those issues at the local level consultations where Area Managers will have the authority to amend the proposal if they accept the arguments put forward.
- The following locations will effected Barnham, Chichester, Crawley, Eastbourne, Haywards Heath, Horsham, Hove, Lewes and Worthing.
- Southern confirmed there would be no compulsory redundancy as result of this proposal and the TSSA informed Southern that we expected them to follow the PT&R arrangements.

Customer Experience Manager/Supervisors Reorganisation

We met with the company to consult on this matter but it soon became apparent that they could not provide the full details of their proposals. Therefore the meeting was adjourned so that when we do meet to discuss this matter when we will have the all the details in front of us.

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