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Welcome & Editorial

25 October 2011

Welcome from the new Journal Editor, Ben Soffa

Ben SoffaWelcome to the November issue of the TSSA Journal. Since taking over as Editor in mid- September it’s been great to hear of the high level of activity right across the membership and to start meeting some of you – something I hope to get the opportunity to do much more of over the coming months.

Thanks to Frank Ward for his work in editing the last issue and to Pauline Sturges for all she did to develop the publication over many years. It is a great position from which to build on. Please do get in touch with your views or ideas on any aspect of our communications, written or online, as I’ll also be leading the further development of our website. News and items for publication are always very welcome – please do make contact, even if you’re not in a position to write something yourself.

As you’ll see in the following pages, significant changes are coming both to TSSA and the rail industry. After Gerry Doherty’s decision to take early retirement, a new TSSA General Secretary will be chosen by the end of the year (see page 4). Together with a wider negotiating team, he or she will be making decisions over the shape of any partnerships we might form with the RMT or other unions – a full report is on pages 8 and 9, with frequent updates on the website.

On the other side of the fence, it’s all change at the Department for Transport with Justine Greening taking over as Secretary of State. With the DfT expected to respond to the atrocious McNulty Report very shortly, it remains to be seen whether the new minister will pull back from the devastating programme of cutbacks and closures proposed. For more on the report and the fight-back against it, see our special feature on pages 12 and 13.

Whatever the future holds, the need to keep organising, keep recruiting and keep building the strongest voice for members remains. Enjoy the Journal – and get involved in the fight for a better future.

Ben Soffa, editor

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