Staff at rail union TSSA balloted for strike action

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GMB members working for the TSSA rail union are to begin voting in an industrial action ballot over a “culture of bullying, harassment and victimisation”.

The ballot has begun just six months after Maryam Eslamdoust was elected as General Secretary. Since her election members have complained of bullying and harassment, and an “unacceptable management style leading to an atmosphere of fear, anxiety and hyper vigilance amongst staff.”

Members have also complained of “hostile and unacceptable behaviour” towards their trade union representatives and that TSSA has failed to follow its own policies and procedures regarding bullying of staff.

Andrew Harden GMB London Regional Organiser, said:

“GMB members in TSSA are committed, hardworking and loyal trade unionists who work tirelessly for the members of the union they work for. They deserve better than to be bullied, harassed, and intimidated by a General Secretary and backed up by an Executive which fails to follow TSSA’s own procedures on bullying.

“Our demands are being portrayed by the leadership as unreasonable. I don't know anyone else who thinks it's unreasonable to ask not to be bullied in the workplace!

“Our members are now going to have their say. If Maryam Eslamdoust doesn’t want TSSA staff to go on strike, it’s time she accepted staff are not happy and agreed to meaningful talks with the assistance of ACAS.”

For more information please contact Andrew Harden 078 1609 2602.