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Your Area Council Needs You!

19 February 2014

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   Your Area Council Needs You!

Projects, Engineering and Support

The Bands 5-8 Projects, Engineering and Support Functions (PE&S) Area Council has responsibility for all collective matters for non-management grade staff in all departments outside of Network Operations. These include a wide range of functions including HR, Business Services, IM, IP, Asset Management, Telecoms, NDS and C&P. TSSA have an agreement with Network Rail to elect a total of nine representatives from this constituency to represent members at area level. Following the election of Vishakha Wadke and Lisa Jackson last year we still have seven vacancies.

What’s going on?

NR will soon be consulting area reps over several proposals affecting staff in Kings Place, Telecoms and IP. As Vishakha and Lisa work both work within Human Resources they will need your help to ensure that members’ interests are effectively represented. With a huge range of job roles and working practices, we need a broad spectrum of knowledge from across the business to support the area council.

How can you help?

If you are affected by a reorganisation or a collective issue, you can volunteer to be co-opted to work on behalf of your colleagues. Speak to Lisa Jackson, Vishakha Wadke or the Members’ Helpdesk for more information. If you become an Area Council Rep, full training, with paid time off, will be provided and you’ll be supported by other reps and TSSA staff.

You can download a nomination form here and ask your colleagues to support you.

If you have a colleague who you would like to represent you, please download a form and ask them to stand.

“For consultation to be meaningful we need reps that understand the detail of the track delivery business so that we can test our proposals and make changes where necessary. By working collaboratively with the trade unions we will get a better answer. Time off will be given for any training and attendance at consultation meetings. I would encourage people to put themselves forward”

Steve Featherstone, Track Programme Director


Who would I represent?

Under the bargaining arrangements, Area Council Reps can agree to changes affecting all staff covered by the council, regardless of union membership. However, reps are only obliged to consult TSSA members.

Any staff facing individual issues such as unfair selection for redundancy will only be supported and represented through appeals if they are TSSA members. This makes it clear that all members need to be in a union in order to have any meaningful input when it comes to the company consulting on collective matters including removing jobs and making redundancies.

Not yet a member?

If you have colleagues who aren’t in a union, please encourage them to complete a membership form or join online here:

We need your help to keep your colleagues informed. Please share this newsletter with others, whether they’re members of your union or not!

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