GWR: Strike Action Notification

TSSA has today announced strike action for all members in Great Western Railways to take place on Thursday 18 August and Saturday 20 August, this is in addition to the already announced action short of strike to be taken on 30 July.

All TSSA members are asked not to work and not to turn up to work on Thursday 18 August and Saturday 20 August. The action covers the period from 00:01 to 23:59 on Thursday 18 August and 00:01 to 23:59 on Saturday 20 August. Please liaise with your reps about attending picket lines. Let us know direct if you are interested in attending a picket line.

This action aligns with RMT strike action taking place on the same days.

We are demanding a guarantee of:

  • No compulsory redundancies
  • A pay rise which meets the cost-of-living crisis
  • No unagreed changes to terms and conditions

Despite TSSA officials attending talks with the Rail Delivery Group (the industry body leading on talks for train operators) no offers have been made on the above. In fact, employers and the Department for Transport are now proposing to close ticket offices and change your pensions – on top of all the existing issues!

Our reps are meeting on Wednesday to discuss in further detail what this strike action will look like and further steps. Please tell your rep your view.

TSSA continues to fight for better pay and conditions for you at work. Thank you for your response in the recent ballot – this has strengthened our position in talks and there is clear movement, but not enough. That’s why we’re asking you to come out on strike on Thursday 18 August and Saturday 20 August. We know this isn’t easy and it’s not something that TSSA takes lightly. But it is the moment to stand up and be counted and demand better for all your colleagues. There is an awful lot of propaganda in the media and circulating within the company to seek to guilt you into backing down, please don’t do yourself a disservice and believe this rhetoric, you deserve better, stand shoulder to shoulder with your colleagues and demand it!

We ask those of you considering volunteering for short term gain to realise that it does nothing to resolve the long-term pain of real terns pay cuts to your base pay, how can the company on one hand legitimise forking out payments for people to strike break when it says it has no budget for you all to receive a decent pay rise! Be part of the solution, not the problem!

If you know colleagues who wish to participate in this action but are not yet members, they can easily join TSSA online.

Members in Bristol might be interested in attending a solidarity rally organised by Bristol Trades council on 30th July, if interested in finding out more about the details so that you can attend then please click here to email Adele