Northern: Industrial Action Ballot News

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Look out for a ballot paper coming through your door towards the end of next week and please VOTE YES in this important dispute over your pay and job security!

Your reps met and discussed the best way forward for you at Northern. Despite giving the company the best opportunities to resolve this dispute, make a reasonable pay offer and give the assurances we seek, your company has refused to do so. Your reps now agree, it is time to take action.

We have served notice to Northern to ballot for industrial action including strike action and action short of strike after their refusal to meet our requests.

We are seeking:
•            A pay rise which meets the rising cost of living
•            A no compulsory redundancy agreement for 2022
•            No unagreed changes to terms and conditions

What happens now?

You will receive a ballot paper to the home address that TSSA holds on our membership system for you.

Ballot opens: 22 June 2022
Ballot closes: 6 July 2022

We’re urging you to VOTE YES in this ballot, but the most important thing is that you vote. Please look out for your ballot paper and ensure you return it before the closing date of 6 July.

Northern have not made any pay offer or given satisfactory assurances on job security. This leaves us with no option other than to ballot for industrial action. 

We don’t take this lightly and of course industrial action of any sort is always a last resort.

Please VOTE YES to both strike action and action short of strike in this ballot to send the strongest possible message to Northern that we won’t stand for this treatment.

If you have any concerns, please contact your TSSA reps in the first instance. You can contact our Helpdesk on 0800 328 2673 or

  1. For information and updates on the dispute, please visit the hub on our website
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Our dispute with Network Rail and all DfT train operating companies over pay, job security and terms and conditions is settled. Find out more about our campaign.

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