GWR: Your Union stands with you during this period of national mourning

Last week, TSSA issued a statement announcing the suspension of all industrial action during the month of September following the death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. This includes strikes and action short of strike such as a Ban on undertaking contingency duties arising from industrial action or a Ban on out of hours work communication. We advise all members to work normally during this period.

You can read our statement on the passing of Her Majesty.

This does not mean that we have abandoned our campaign for a fair pay rise, job security, or protection of your terms and conditions of employment. Nor does this invalidate the mandate you have given us to call further industrial action if required.

If we need to resume industrial action, we simply have to re-issue the legal documents giving 2 weeks notice to employers. However, we continue to seek meaningful dialogue with the Government and employers to find a resolution. You will be given a vote on whether to accept or reject any potential deal.

Your Reps and Organisers will continue to provide representation to members during the period of mourning, and business as usual activities will continue as normal, unless we reach agreement with individual employers to temporarily suspend industrial relations processes.

Over the next few weeks, many of you will be asked to work above and beyond in order to cope with the surge in passenger traffic associated with the Royal funeral. We are certain that you will meet the challenge, just as you did during the pandemic.

It is at times like this that we see rail workers rise to the occasion, and we hope and expect your dedication and professionalism to be recognised by employers and government alike. Our Union will stand by you now and in the face of whatever the future may bring.