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Privacy policy

TSSA is registered under the UK Data Protection Act (1998) as a data controller, and any necessary processing of individual information by TSSA is done in accordance with this Act.

Any personal data supplied to TSSA by visitors to this website (for example, by completing one of the forms on this website) will be stored and processed only for as long as is necessary and only for the purpose for which it is supplied.

While we record and log information on the number of visitors to this website, and on the individual pages viewed and the search queries entered by visitors, this is done for overall analysis of trends and browsing patterns and is not processed to identify or monitor individual visitors.

TSSA members should also refer to our Data Protection Notice below, which covers the overall circumstances in which TSSA processes personal data on behalf of members.
Whilst we have provided external e-mail addresses and links to other web sites, this does not necessarily imply that the same privacy policy applies for these addresses or websites.

If you believe that a site or address to which TSSA has provided a link does not respect your privacy, please let us know the details so that we can review the link(s) in question.


Data Protection Notice

The TSSA collects and maintains personal information in order to carry out its functions as a trade union, provide membership services and comply with certain statutory obligations.

All personal information is treated with the utmost confidentiality and with appropriate levels of security.

The purposes for which the TSSA will use personal information, including sensitive personal information such as trade union membership, are for a range of union based activities including:-

  • To facilitate communication with and between members.
  • To ballot and consult members.
  • To facilitate the internal democracy of the TSSA.
  • To facilitate representation and negotiation.
  • To maintain records as to the eligibility of members and their dependants to enjoy benefits under the Rules of TSSA or as offered by service providers.
  • Offering and providing benefits, services, goods or products to members and their dependants.
  • To analyse for the purposes of targeted mailing and the development of TSSA activities.
  • Statistical profiling including that relating to trade union membership, health and racial origin, where TSSA considers that appropriate

All information (updated as appropriate) is kept throughout membership and, to the extent necessary, for such reasonable period after membership as may be necessary to enable the member to access any post-membership benefits.

In order to carry out some of the above it will be necessary for the TSSA to disclose information. Personal information will be made available to TSSA employees and lay officers both at Headquarters and at regional offices. It will also be released to agents, contractors and other service providers but only for the purpose of such agents, contractors or other service providers using the information on behalf of TSSA.

Where, occasionally, the Union uses the services of such organisations, they are contractually obliged to process personal data in a secure and confidential manner under strict instructions. Such organisations include those who provide approved legal, financial and membership services or who distribute TSSA publications.

Members have the right to object to and stop direct marketing in any form by organisations contacting them on behalf of the TSSA. If they wish to exercise their right to object and stop such direct marketing then they should write to the membership department requesting that such mailings be stopped or, alternatively, write to the organisation in question direct.

You have the right to ask for a copy of the information the TSSA holds on you (for which a small charge of £10 may be made) and to request that any inaccuracies be corrected.

This Notice will be amended from time to time and will be regularly published in TSSA material such as the Journal and Diary.


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