West Midlands Train strike action: Saturday 1 October 2022
Following the successful members' strike ballot and your reps' decision to take industrial action at WMT,
All TSSA members employed by West Midlands Trains are instructed not to commence work between
00:01 on Saturday 1 October 2022 to 23:59 on Saturday 1 October 2022.
For background information via our website, click here
All TSSA members employed by WMT who are due to start work between 00:01 and 23:59 on Saturday 1 October are instructed not to book on for work.
Do not book on for any shift that starts on Saturday 1 October.
This applies to rostered on-call and other duties.
Effective from 00:01 on Saturday 1 October and continuing until the end of the 6 month period, which is 6 January, all TSSA members employed by WMT are instructed to observe a ban on activities associated with voluntary contingency cover.
Thank you to everyone who took the time to vote in the ballots for industrial action.
We are liaising closely with our brothers and sisters in other rail unions RMT and Aslef and are engaging with your TSSA West Midlands Trains reps about next steps and action throughout our campaign.
Our Rail our Future
More information on our national campaign to protect pay, jobs and conditions, is available here
Members’ support for industrial action at WMT supports our demand for negotiation on pay during the cost of living crisis, job security and protecting terms and conditions as the Government and Rail Employers threaten severe cuts through Rail Reform and the transition to Great British Railways (which may or may not continue to be a realistic proposition according to this week’s media reports (Guardian link here).
So far, WMT and other DfT controlled TOCs have refused to give a commitment to no compulsory redundancies or engage on details of reorganisation plans with your reps. The action will demonstrate to your employer that WMT staff in TSSA grades are unionised and to demand that industrial democracy means that your jobs will not be allowed to simply “disappear” as in many de-unionised sectors.
Why should I strike now?
Saturday’s action will be the first time that all three rail unions have taken industrial action simultaneously in WMT, and will happen as the Conservative Party delegates are travelling to Birmingham for their first annual conference under the newly appointed Prime Minister and Transport Secretary.
Rail workers are seeing the worsening effects of the growing economic, social and political crises engulfing the nation and need WMT to give commitments to a fair pay rise, job security and to protect terms and conditions.
The effects of this first day of strike action by TSSA members at WMT will demonstrate an unprecedented level of solidarity based on a strong democratic mandate. A higher proportion of TSSA members at WMT voted for strike action than the percentage of Tory party members who voted for Liz Truss to be our Prime Minister.
Taking action on Saturday and beyond will increase the pressure on WMT to do what is necessary to offer a deal to TSSA reps and members to bring the dispute to an end.
Please speak to your TSSA reps for more information, and thank you again for taking part in this historic campaign to protect pay, jobs and conditions.
Not in a union? Join today and support your colleagues!
The more members involved in our action, the greater the chance of success. Colleagues can join TSSA online and join our strike