TSSA becomes first union to sign Railway Mental Health Charter

Railway track and overhead lines.

The Transport Salaried Staffs' Association (TSSA) is set to become the first trade union to formally sign the Railway Mental Health Charter

A special online event will mark the occasion on Thursday (7 October). The Charter has been jointly developed by the rail industry and is overseen by the RSSB (Rail Safety and Standards Board) Mental Wellbeing Group.

The Charter acts as a framework to help rail companies promote, manage and support workforce mental wellbeing. The rail industry exposes the workforce to unique working conditions.

Shift patterns, challenging demands and working conditions, and exposure to potentially traumatic events are some of the issues that make the management of mental health in the industry particularly complex.

Commenting, TSSA Organising Director Nadine Rae, said: 'TSSA is leading the way on mental health and wellbeing and we are proud to be the first trade union to sign the Railway Mental Health Charter.

“We actively campaign to make the railway industry a healthier and more open sector, free of stigma, where colleagues feel able to share their stories and seek active support.

“To aid our work we have also launched our new Mental Health & Wellbeing Bargaining Standard to help our Reps have informed and structured dialogue with their companies.

“Today we are inviting employers to work together with our members on this important issue, to make the railway safer and more inclusive.'