by Tim Lezard GMB members working for the TSSA are today on strike over what their union calls a “botched restructuring exercise”. But TSSA has hit back, accusing the GMB of tearing up an agreement before “the ink was dry”. The dispute centres around a …

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GMB members working for the TSSA are today on strike over what their union calls a “botched restructuring exercise”.

But TSSA has hit back, accusing the GMB of tearing up an agreement before “the ink was dry”.

The dispute centres around a restructuring agreement which, the GMB says, has been dragging on for nearly eleven months.

GMB national officer Gary Smith said:”Recently TSSA management told over 30 employees out of 50 that they have been displaced from their jobs. All full time officials and support staff have been told they will need to go through an assessment process and apply for their own jobs, by TSSA management.

“TSSA was involved in industrial action on London Underground over a   management restructure. TSSA successfully fought to ensure thousands of their members will be put into jobs without having to reapply for their own jobs or go through an assessment process.

“TSSA staff are having to apply for their own jobs, GMB members consider that management have broken a commitment that the staff would be put into jobs after the reorganisation, with a ‘minimum of fuss’.

“GMB remains open to talks. Nobody wants this strike but we cannot stand by and allow our members to be displaced from their jobs and told they have to re-apply for jobs they have been doing for many years.”

TSSA general secretary Manuel Cortes disputes this version of events, saying: “We are saddened that a sister union sees it fit to attack us in the media. The GMB signed an agreement with the TSSA only this July to deal with staff who may be displaced as a result of an on-going re-organisation.

“It beggars belief that the GMB want to walk away from this agreement when the ink is barely dry. We have repeatedly offered to go to ACAS to resolve this dispute to no avail.  Let’s not forget that we have a no compulsory redundancy policy so no-one’s livelihood is at risk. Our members will not be bullied or cajoled by the antics of the GMB.”


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