TSSA: Organising the travel trade

Jessie Fenn Regional Organiser

Background
y Thomas Cook was public sector! Part of the railways. Sold off with rail. y Two tier workforce- older long serving and new young staff. y Staff association. ASDA approach- PROUD values. y Recognition for Thomas Cook. Other smaller companies. TUI no go!

Big issues, small resources
y Thomas Cook workers are lowest paid in TSSA
y Unpaid overtime, PRP, targets increasing, min. wage y Young workers, no trade union history, bullying

y Travel trade team disbanded- doubled membership but without sustained resource it collapsed y Surprise - our highest profile campaign of 2009
y Totally member led y All under 40 years old, all women bar two y Most new to union action

Fake negotiations
y Company wanted to ¶streamline· the business
y Reps proposed several alternative business plans y Company revealed they wanted to close everything

y Organise! Speak to everyone«100% membership

Campaign begins
y Protest outside shop. T-shirts and placards y Public support, press interest, petitions

Take it to the boss!
y It·s easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter heaven...

Take it to the public! It·s a rich man·s world!

We·re not moving!

Planning and organising

International leverage from Belfast to Belarus

Using success to organise

Analysis
‡Public support for all campaigns in travel trade have had massive public support (and press). ‡Real difficulty is in the industrial strength and organisation - isolated in the industry. ‡Hugely resource hungry- fear of retail organising. ‡National campaign. Regional teams. Trained reps. ‡Local strategic targets with winnable issues. ‡Need to be more creative and use the public.

Thank you
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