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Special Voluntary Severance Scheme

SVSS overview

An industry-wide Special Voluntary Severance Scheme (SVSS) was introduced in the rail industry in August 2021. It was initiated by the Rail Industry Recovery Group as part of the industry’s response to the coronavirus pandemic. It applies in Network Rail and Train Operating Companies which come under the Department for Transport. It does not apply in Scotland or Wales.

We realise this will be a difficult time for many across the rail industry. Please JOIN TSSA today to get protected.

The scheme belongs with the employers and has not been agreed by TSSA, or any other rail unions. We are supporting all our members – both those who wish to take VSS and those who are staying in the rail industry.

There is a no compulsory redundancy policy in place within all these companies until at least the end of 2021. TSSA is seeking to have this extended into 2022. Staff at these companies should not feel compelled to take voluntary severance unless that's what they really want.

Please find more information on the pages advertised below.


SVSS information, help and advice

Find out more about the SVSS in the rail industry and how TSSA is supporting members through this period.

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Read through frequently asked questions on the Special Voluntary Severance Scheme


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TSSA Helpdesk

0800 328 2673 United Kingdom

1800 805 272 Republic of Ireland

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Member advice from our Helpdesk

If you are a TSSA member and are looking for advice or assistance in connection with your employment or membership, you can contact our Members’ Helpdesk.

We can advise on a range of workplace issues including; discipline and grievance hearing, maternity rights and redundancy.

Helpdesk opening hours: 09:00 - 17:00 Monday - Thursday  |  09:00 - 16:00 Friday

Please note: we cannot undertake to provide advice to non-members, to members of other unions, or to members on behalf of their partners/friends. If you are not yet a member, please join TSSA online.

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