TSSA Industrial Action Ballot at SWR

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SWR have informed us that they have no mandate from the DfT to make any offer to protect your job, provide a pay increase, or underwrite your terms and conditions.

We are seeking:

  • A pay rise which meets the rising cost of living
  • A no compulsory redundancy agreement for 2022
  • No un-agreed changes to terms and conditions

Without anything on the table, we have no other option .than to ask you to vote to take industrial action to secure a meaningful offer.

We have now served formal notice on SWR to ballot for industrial action including strike action and action short of strike after their inability to meet our requests.

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

What happens now?

You will receive a ballot paper to the home address that TSSA holds on our membership system for you. The letter will be marked as coming from the independent scrutineers - Civica. 

Ballot opens: Thursday 18th August
Ballot closes: Thursday 8th September at 12:00 (noon)
There will be 2 questions on the ballot paper:


ARE YOU PREPARED TO TAKE PART IN INDUSTRIAL ACTION SHORT OF A STRIKE (which for this purpose is defined to include overtime and call-out bans)?

We’re urging you to VOTE YES to both questions giving us the greatest leverage in this dispute. 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
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 SWR that we deserve better.
If you have any concerns, please contact your TSSA reps in the first instance. You can contact our Helpdesk on 0800 328 2673 or
For information and updates on the dispute, please visit the hub on our website.

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