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This blog is a place to share the learning opportunities through Going Beyond, our Communities of Practice education programme.  You can request to join a Community of Practice here: www.tssa.org.uk/goingbeyond

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  • Why Inclusive Rail is an important campaign for all TSSA members

    Author: Nadine RaePosted: 04 August 2020

    As I said in my recent newsletter, it has now been two years since we launched our campaign at Westminster, releasing our Role Model Posters and our LGBT+ Inclusive Workplaces Bargaining Standard. Inclusive Rail has fast become one of the most important campaigns TSSA has run in the 21st century. We have achieved many things over these past two years, and all TSSA members can and should be proud to promote this campaign for inclusion in their workplace. Our aim is to make the railway inclusive for LGBT+ people by 2025. An ambitious aim, but one that will impact all members of TSSA should we achieve it. In this blog post, I will outline three main reasons why all members of TSSA should support, promote and get involved in Inclusive Rail. At the very least this is because the support and interest we get from members regarding this campaign has outweighed any other campaign of recent times. Click ‘Read More’ to find out more… 

     

    1) We can learn from our Inclusive Rail success  

    Our Time to Grow Strategy action point 12 is ‘Learn from Ourselves and Others’ and this is exactly the case with our successes from Inclusive Rail. All the things we have done for Inclusive Rail can be done for other campaigns and help other groups of workers. Everything can be applied in other work from the campaign activities to the materials we have developed and the monthly communication we have established with all members.  

     

    We have engaged over 5000 people in our campaign activities to date through a variety of ways. People have joined TSSA, completed #NoBystanders cards, become active in our LGBT+ Network, participated in our 5-year placard challenge to share what you think will make the railway inclusive by 2025, attended network and forum events and visited our workplace stalls and education sessions. That means almost all those 5000 contacts have actually been 5000 conversations, where we have been able to build visibility of TSSA, share our values, and the reasons why people should join and get involved in TSSA. As a result, we have built our LGBT+ Network from 5 people to 50+ members. The response we have had on the materials such as our powerful Role Model posters has led to opportunities for our members to share our campaign and aspirations with others, at conferences such as Network Rail’s Archway conference, Stonewall’s prestigious Annual Workplace Conference and globally, with international trade union federations. 

     

    More directly, reps are seeing the value of applying this learning to their own projects. Gurprit Bhakar, TSSA BAME Network member attended our Equality in the Workplace seminar in 2019 and heard about our invitation for members to become LGBT+ allies: ‘We can encourage people to be allies for BAME workers too’.  

     

    2) Respected colleagues and workplace leaders are joining TSSA  

     Shane Andrews, Chair of Archway, has been a TSSA member for many years and has volunteered to be a new Role Model on our poster series. He has volunteered to be a part of our poster campaign because it enables him to be a visible face of LGBT+ leadership and to empower people at work. Other members have joined because they are taking leadership roles in the workplace and see the work we have done with Inclusive Rail as supporting their vision. Our union is leading on equality, and those who are active on equality issues in their workplace see the value in being a part of TSSA. Our ’10 Reasons to Join and Support Equality’ video highlights some of the reasons why people should join and get involved.

     

    3) We are setting the standard in the industry  

    We launched our very first Equality Bargaining Standard as part of the Inclusive Rail campaign in 2018. Over the past two years, we have gained commitments from companies to work towards our bronze, silver and gold standards for LGBT+ Inclusive Workplaces. Now two years on, we are beginning our first audits against our very own standard. In conjunction with Stonewall, we are helping companies on their journey of inclusion and leading the industry through our Inclusive Rail Industry Forum and our new LGBT+ Inclusive Workplaces Community of Practice. Everything we are doing in our Community of Practice will guide companies to achieve our gold standard, whilst also enabling our members to show leadership in their workplaces on LGBT+ issues. This model of working, including the use of Bargaining Standards, is being replicated in other areas of equality (see our Neurodiversity at Work Equality Bargaining Standard) and has the potential to support our industrial bargaining also. Inclusive Rail has proven that our members engaging with companies over standards is a successful strategy for our whole union. 

     

    And finally, there is a change within TSSA to become a more welcoming, inclusive organisation that doesn’t just talk about our values - we live them. This is demonstrated throughout the Inclusive Rail campaign and gives TSSA a level of credibility within the rail industry and throughout the UK and Ireland that it has never had before. We are proving month to month that we are not shying away from addressing hard issues and campaigning to change people’s lives. That is exactly what Inclusive Rail is trying to do and it is working. Through campaigns like Inclusive Rail, we will build a bigger, stronger and more inclusive, TSSA. 

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  • Victory for staff as TfL back down over plans to outsource taxi licensing

    Author: Tom MacLachlanPosted: 23 November 2011

    Around 100 staff in London Taxi and Private Hire breathed a sigh of relief today as TfL agreed to drop a proposal to outsource their jobs to a firm based in Coventry or Northampton. With the TfL Finance and Policy Committee due to consider the plan this morning, an email sent late yesterday evening from Deputy Director Helen Chapman informed staff that their recommendation had been withdrawn and the company will now proceed only with plans to re-let an existing contract with additional IT elements.

    This u-turn comes in the face of extraordinary pressure from staff on TPH management, with TSSA and PCS members in TfL given strong support by black cab drivers in the RMT and Unite unions as well as the LCDC and UCG. Staff can be rightly proud of this demonstration of unity between TPH staff and their customers in the cab trade in seeing off these damaging, unfair and costly proposals. Congratulations!

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  • 100 jobs under threat in London Taxi and Private Hire

    Author: Tom MacLachlanPosted: 14 November 2011

     100 jobs under threat in London Taxi and Private Hire

    While most of the company are focussed on the massive cuts programme “Project Horizon”, the Director of Taxi and Private Hire is trying to sneak through a plan to privatise the Compliance and Driver Licensing functions – around two-thirds of the directorate.  This ideologically-driven plan will see a core function of TfL – regulation of the Taxi and Private Hire trades – placed in the hands of the same kind of private firms who have so expensively failed to deliver on contracts right across the public sector (just think of the Tube PPP!) because they are interested in their own profits rather than providing a public service.
     
    STaN – Sending Taxi Authorities North?
    Documents seen by TSSA which attempt to justify this proposal show that a large portion of the so-called benefits would only be realised if 68 jobs in Driver Licensing are moved out of central London to one of the bidders’ offices – in Coventry or Northampton!  For all TfL’s talk of “Safer Travel at Night”, it is difficult to see how they could move the licensing of London’s 28,000 black cabs and 50,000 private hire vehicles 100 miles north without affecting passenger safety.
     
    Is your department next?
    As part of Project Horizon, TfL are already looking at other functions they think are “low-hanging fruit” that are ripe for outsourcing.  The Customer Proposition workstream is gearing up to privatise London’s Travel Information lines and there could be others in the pipeline that we don’t yet know about.  We need to stand together to defend jobs, defend the services we provide and defend London’s travelling public from this dogma of cuts and privatisation.
     
    Your unions are fighting to oppose this and we need your help to lobby the TfL Board
    The proposals, revealed to staff just two weeks ago, need to be approved by the Finance Committee on November 23rd and by the full TfL Board on December 7th.  This meeting of the TfL Board is the critical path for the project, as failure to gain approval here will set the programme back to the extent that the handover date in April 2013 cannot be met – and all the predicted savings will be wiped out by an expensive interim arrangement to extend an existing contract.
    If we can build a strong, united campaign to lobby TfL Board members against this proposal, we can stop it.  
     
    Please support your LTPH colleagues by contacting Board members and London Assembly members to let them know what you think of these damaging, unfair and inevitably costly proposals today.
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  • Launching soon!

    Author: Tom MacLachlanPosted: 03 November 2011

    Check back shortly - we'll be launching this blog with regular updates on the Project Horizon process in the coming days.

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  • All in this together

    Author: Pixl8Posted: 06 January 2011

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  • Why I got involved

    Author: JeanettePosted: 01 November 2010

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