TSSA signs groundbreaking recognition deal with HS2

TSSA has signed a groundbreaking recognition deal with HS2 Ltd.

The union agreement – which represents the first time HS2 Ltd has put formal recognition in place for a union for the 1,200 people directly employed by the company – was signed by HS2 chiefeExecutive Mark Thurston, HR director Neil Hayward and TSSA general secretary Manuel Cortes. They were joined by some of the young apprentices being trained by HS2 Ltd.

TSSA general secretary Manuel Cortes said: “I pay tribute to HS2 Ltd for the welcome they are extending to our union and I applaud their commitment to their current and future staff by enabling them to have collective union representation.

“Our union has long supported the expansion of Britain’s railways as green drivers of economic regeneration. In taking on our role as union representatives for HS2’s workforce, we will continue to champion the need for continued investment in high-speed rail.”

HS2 HR director Neil Hayward said: “I’m delighted we will be working with the TSSA, an organisation with a fine history of supporting people in the rail sector. We know that the success of HS2 will be built on the talent of our people, and we continue to develop a diverse workforce which is crucial to ensuring we maintain an innovative and dynamic organisation. The TSSA and HS2 Ltd are committed to this goal.”

HS2 chief executive Mark Thurston said: “Work is well underway on HS2 with thousands of jobs across the country supporting its delivery through our supply chain. This agreement is great step in helping us build an organisation that will deliver Britain’s new high speed railway.

“Once completed HS2 will connect 25 towns and cities from Scotland to the South East, with the West Midlands at the heart of this network. It takes intercity trains off the existing lines, creating more space for extra commuter trains. It takes lorries off the road as freight moves to rail, creating more space for drivers on our motorways. There is something in HS2 for every traveller.”

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