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What TSSA Reps Do?

 

If you are enthusiastic, committed, and want to make a difference at work we have found the role for you.

A good rep is trusted and respected by their colleagues. You are motivated by helping others, keen to seek out new experiences, and can deal with the odd setback. You are a good communicator, like to explore alternative solutions to problems, and support the basic principles of fairness and equality. You will always endeavour to do the best for your members, and will seek support and advice when you need it.

You will also learn new life skills and gain confidence from participation in our education programme.

 

Key Reps activities:

· Be an ambassador for TSSA in the workplace

· Identify members and non-members

· Recruit new members

· Maximise member involvement

· Raise the profile of TSSA

· Identify campaign issues and participate in campaigns

· Provide regular information to members

· Organise and hold workplace meetings

· Undertake collective representation on behalf of members

· Provide individual support and advice to members

· Deal with disciplines and grievances

 

What does an Area Council Rep do?

Within the defined constituency to which you are elected (by Route or Functional Area) Area Council reps are supported by fellow Area and local reps as well as TSSA Organisers to represent the interests of our members on all terms and conditions of employment. They typically represent between 20 and 150 members.

The role can include:

· Working with members to resolve individual and collective issues, including representing their views to management in individual hearings, Organisational Change and Area Council meetings.

· Recruiting new members and communicating with existing members about TSSA campaigns and collective bargaining developments such as Pay and changes in the workplace, with the assistance of local reps

· Assisting National Reps to define and promote TSSA strategy and policy on issues of national importance.

 

What does a Local Rep do?

Your role will be to support TSSA members within your workplace location and work with other TSSA Reps at Area Level to represent the interests of our members on all terms and conditions of employment.

The role can include:

· Working with members to resolve individual and collective issues, including representing their views to management in individual hearings and local workplace meetings with management.

· Recruiting new members and communicating with existing members about TSSA campaigns and collective bargaining developments such as Pay and changes in the workplace, with the assistance of Area reps

· Assisting Area Reps to define and promote TSSA strategy and policy on issues of national importance.

 

Other representative roles in TSSA?

TSSA members are active in many other roles supporting our members with Collective Bargaining and Representation on many other issues in addition to Industrial Relations and Terms and Conditions of employment:

TSSA Health & Safety Reps Information

TSSA Equality Reps Information

TSSA Union Learning Reps -   Role of the ULR amended 5 April 2018

 

What we need from you?

TSSA reps are, for most members, the first and main point of contact with TSSA, so you will need to attend your rep training and use it at work to represent TSSA members’ interests, to the best of your ability. We will also expect you to uphold Network Rail and TSSA’s commitment to Diversity and Inclusion.

 

How can I apply to become a TSSA Industrial Rep?

Download a nomination form here

· Our Role Profile for all Network Rail Reps, what the role entails and how we will develop and support you in the role   NR Reps Profile

· Find out if there is a vacancy in your area and how to apply to become a TSSA rep here

 

What support will TSSA provide?

TSSA will make sure you have the skills and confidence you need to be an effective Area Rep. You’ll have paid time off to attend our TSSA Reps training, and have access to information and advice from your Area and National Representatives as well as expert staff. TSSA will even keep you up to date with reference materials including monthly bulletins covering employment legislation, health and safety, and other workplace issues.

Network Rail will provide the time you need to fulfil your TSSA rep duties, either to attend meetings or to complete training, and will cover any travel expenses you incur as a result.

 

How can I find out more?

If you’d like to know a bit more about joining the TSSA or about becoming a TSSA Rep speak to one of our existing reps or contact the TSSA Helpdesk on 0800 328 2673

 

Frequently asked questions:

Will my manager let me have time off?

Employee Relations hold a central record of TSSA Representatives and work with us to ensure that appropriate time off is arranged to undertake your reps duties. Your manager will support you in your role and seek to meet your access requirements on a case-by-case basis, the company recognises the contribution of TSSA representatives in the workplace and there is a right to paid time off for union activities and training.

Is becoming a rep career limiting?

Some Network Rail staff are concerned that they may be blocked from promotion or face adverse impacts due to union activity or membership. This is not tolerated by TSSA or Network Rail.

In fact becoming a rep is more likely to assist in career advancement with the advocacy, negotiation skills and knowledge that you will develop in the role.

Your HR Director provided personal written assurances about your right to represent members and promote a better woirking environment:

“People should come forward and get more involved in their union…

Our people have the right to be union reps and we support them, including having time-off for union duties. If anyone has any concerns or issues about our support for their union duties, they can come to me personally" - Ian Iceton, HR Director

Will this impact my day job?

A level of commitment is required in order to undertake the role which will mean some flexibility is required in managing workloads. As above, paid time off is afforded to TSSA reps and our existing reps work with their teams to proactively manage any impact on their job, our reps find that the rewarding experiences they have in the role and the benefits of developing skills and experiences outweighs any impact on their day jobs.

Who will pay for my travel expenses?

Network Rail will pay for you to attend relevant meetings and training opportunities directly connected to your role.

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