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Network Rail Bands 1-4 On Call Withdrawal Update

12 September 2016

TSSA members in Bands 1-4 are continuing to withdraw from On Call duties in our dispute over fair payments and a meaningful and fit for purpose On Call Agreement

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Thank you to our members who are continuing to support this action.

If you are a TSSA member and have not undertaken our instruction to members to withdraw from On Call duties as part of a lawful ballot for industrial action, then do speak to your rep or contact TSSA Helpdesk to see how you can be involved.

Fairness and respect

This is a dispute that can only be won by as many members as possible getting involved. Remember that many other groups of staff receive significantly better payments for the same duties (for example 15% Operations Allowance) and also have clearer arrangements for undertaking On Call- so why should you be treated differently.

This duty has a massive impact on our member’s lives and this should be recognised and compensated fairly.

How do I get involved?

Following the guidance information below, if you join TSSA you are entitled to undertake action short of strike by withdrawing from on call. If you are already a member and not taking part then you should follow the guidance below and support this action which is in your interests.


Who is in scope of this dispute?

· Bands 1-4 Role Clarity Grades who undertake On Call Duties with the exception of those below.

Who is NOT in Scope of this dispute?

Members in Group Business Services (GBS) or Infrastructure Projects (IP) who have other arrangements for On Call Payments.

· Members in B1-4 whom receive Operational Allowances, for example Local Operations Managers, Control Staff or Route Control Managers.

· Ex IMC staff and Ghost Banded Roles who have other contractual arrangements for On Call Working.

What do I need to do to withdraw from On Call?

· It is advisable to instruct the relevant line manger that you are taking part in lawful Industrial Action Short of a Strike as instructed by your Union.

· You should not respond to calls outside of your normal working hours with effect from Wednesday 24th August 2016.

What should I do if any action is taken against me for withdrawing from On Call?

You should notify the TSSA Helpdesk as soon as possible on 0800 328 2673, the TSSA will support members whom are undertaking lawful industrial action if they are unlawfully treated for doing so.

Can I join TSSA and take part in action short of strike?

Yes, as long as you join online via

Who’s my rep?

Follow this link If you or colleagues are interested in becoming a rep, you can find a nomination form here:

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