GWR: TSD and R&R Representative Election

I’m writing to ask members to stand for nomination and election to represent their colleagues.

Unfortunately, our previous nomination process for Rosters and Resources didn’t lead to us receiving any new nominations for representatives and in the new year Louise McGowan will be leaving TSD to work for Network rail so we also need to run a nomination process for a vacancy in that constituency.

To be clear I am now opening up a nomination process for 1 seat in Rosters and Resources and 1 seat in the Swindon TSD constituency. Nominees will need to be nominated by members within the relevant constituency.

Representative constituencies

Below are the full list of Representatives in TSD & Rostering & Resources (R&R)


Swindon = 3 representatives (Grant Wrenn – who also sits on company Council, Tom Bennett and Louise McGowan – leaving on 31st January)

Outbased (Not in Swindon) = 1 representative (Simon Bubb)


Swindon = 2 representatives (Steve Clifford & Vacancy)

Your reps are incredibly important and as well as providing support and advice to members, they take part in consultations and negotiations with the employer as part of the Joint Council and Company Council raising issues on your behalf and for your betterment.

Representative nominations

To be a representative for the TSD Joint Council, you must:

  • work within one of the above constituencies where there are vacancies
  • have a minimum of 6 months service with GWR
  • receive 6 nominations from other TSSA members within Rostering and Resources

To obtain a Nomination form, click here (for Rosters and Resources nomination), click here (for Trains Service Delivery Nomination form) save & print it. Please fully complete the form with your details, obtain the names details and signatures from 6 valid nominees and then scan and email it to Alan Valentine by clicking here

Nominations should be received no later than 9am on Tuesday 24th January 2023

Any questions should be directed to Alan Valentine.

If at the closing date there are more valid nominations/candidates than seats for the relevant constituency then I will make arrangements to run an election. If at the end of the nomination period there are 1 or less valid nomination forms then any candidates will be declared elected unopposed.

If you wish to see the full collective bargaining agreement that enables us to have Union reps in TSD & R&R you can read it by clicking here

All  representatives will be entitled to paid time off to carry out their duties and receive training and for that matter talk to colleagues about the benefits of joining a trade union as per Procedure Agreement 5 – Time off for Trade union Duties and Activities – to read this click here

Thank you in advance for those that come forward and thanks you to Stuart Wall and Louise McGowan for their hard efforts on behalf of TSSA members I wish them every luck in the future.

Strong Membership

Remember you have won the right to have collective bargaining by having a majority of colleagues who recognise the importance of collective strength by being members of and being part of the TSSA family. Please never forget that, pass the message on like a baton to those that follow and ensure that you encourage new staff to join TSSA online.

Compliments of the season

I wish you all have a Very merry Christmas and a happy new year, hopefully you will have time to have a break and spend time with friends’ family and loved ones.