TSSA members in Elizabeth Line Cancel Planned Industrial Action

A purple Elizabeth Line sign with arrows saying Eastbound and Westbound pointing in opposite directions. Behind the sign is a mainline railway station.

TSSA today (Tuesday) cancelled planned industrial action on London's Elizabeth Line, Britain’s busiest rail line, after members voted to accept an improved pay offer.

Eighty percent of TSSA members voted to accept the latest offer which the union says addresses their main concerns.  As a result, the planned Action Short of a Strike which was due to begin on Saturday 27 May will now not go ahead. TSSA had already suspended strike action planned for Wednesday (24 May).

TSSA Interim Organising Director, Mel Taylor, said, “Elizabeth Line’s new offer recognizes the uniquely multi-skilled nature of our members, who operate the world’s only fully digital railway.

“Our members were being paid thousands of pounds less than colleagues performing similar roles on other parts of the Transport for London (TfL) network. This offer goes some way towards bringing their pay more in line with the rest of TfL. The revised offer from Elizabeth Line rewards the multi-skilled role and offers staff an opportunity for career progression.

In January the dispute saw a one-day stoppage by dozens of TSSA members working on the Elizabeth line, which closed the central section of the line between Paddington and Abbey Wood.

TSSA members work in essential roles, including Traffic Manager, Service & Infrastructure Manager and Incident Response Manager grades. These are key hands-on operational roles essential to the running of the railway.


Notes to editors

• The original pay offer was 4.4. Staff will now be getting payrises of between 5.7 – 12% depending on the role, with the biggest uplift going to multi-skilled roles

•  TSSA Members working on the Elizabeth Line voted by nine to one in favour of strike action last December.

•  The Elizabeth Line is the UK's busiest railway, responsible for 1 in 6 of all journeys.

•  TSSA is an independent trade union for the transport and travel industries. We have thousands of members right across the UK and Ireland, working for the railways and associated companies, as well as ferries, bus services and the travel trade.

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