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Welcome & Editorial - June 2012

2 July 2012

Welcome to the June edition of the Journal, and a look ahead to up-coming events

TSSA Conference, held in a (mostly) sunny Cardiff saw a fresh lineup on the platform, with a new President, a new Treasurer and a new General Secretary responding to and leading debates. But it wasn’t just a few faces that had changed. Many delegates remarked on the sense of unity that has characterised our internal democracy over the last few months. That doesn’t mean that debate and honest disagreements have gone away, but that all involved are seeking a way through the not inconsiderable challenges facing us and our industries over the coming years in a comradely fashion.

In our article on Conference (p20-21) we report on the decisions made about how we plan to secure our own future, whilst on p10-13 we look at the successful launch of our campaign for a better future for the rail industry and the travelling public. And thinking even more widely, do get the date on p18 in your diaries – Saturday 20 October – when we hope to see the biggest TUC demo in years, looking to fight this failed austerity and build a future that works for the whole of society.

Closer to home, on p8-9 we look at the troubling news from Thomas Cook. Members there are showing a great deal of tolerance whilst the company goes through difficult times, but are getting active and standing up against wholesale attacks on the travel concessions which form a vital part of the pay and benefits package for many lower paid staff.

We’re also trying something new in the centre spread of this month’s Journal with a pull-out poster. Even if only half the readers of the Journal took the step of finding a noticeboard – in work or beyond – where they can place the Better Rail message, it would be a great boost to the visibility of the campaign. Please think where you can use yours.

Ben Soffa, editor

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