Our Union is once again forced to declare industrial action as we fight to defend jobs, protect terms and conditions and secure a pay rise that helps you cope with the ever-rising cost of living. Alongside ASLEF and RMT, we have targeted Saturday 1 October for strike action as many leading members of the Government will be travelling to their party conference and Saturday is one of the busiest days on the network. We are also taking action short of a strike on 5 October in solidarity with our colleagues in ASLEF, and 8 October in solidarity with RMT. The full details are as follows:
Saturday 1 October (strike action) – Members are instructed not to commence work between 00:01 and 23:59
Wednesday 5 October (action short of a strike) – Members are instructed not to undertake contingency duties arising from industrial action between 00:01 and 23:59
Saturday 8 October (action short of a strike) – Between 00:01 and 23:59 members are instructed:
- Not to work overtime
- Not to undertake call-outs
- Not to undertake contingency duties arising from industrial action
- Non-rostered staff not to work weekends and nights
- Not to participate in out of hours work communication
We need the new Prime Minister and her new Secretary of State for Transport to understand that Grant Shapps' plan to slash jobs and prevent fair pay increases for rail workers is deeply flawed. Government intervention is the primary cause of this dispute and Government intervention is required to resolve the situation. Ms Truss and Ms Trevelyan have the opportunity to get around the table with us and provide for a bright future for our railway and all of us that work to deliver services every day.
Passenger numbers continue to rise and demand for services is increasing. Cutting back the railway is not the answer and certainly won’t help the UK economy or our climate emergency. An agreement is possible, but for now we must remain strong and united in our determination to ensure that meaningful talks do happen, and they do reach a conclusion that is fair for all.
Visibility during Industrial Action is really important and a way to come together in solidarity with your fellow colleagues. If you would like to be involved in organising or attending a picket at your workplace, during the next 24 hour period of strike action on 1 October, please speak to one of your TSSA representatives.