NUS chief rides to the top of transport union

Transport and travel trade union, the Transport Salaried Staffs’ Association, has hired its first head of communications and marketing, as part of an on-going restructuring of its head office.

Transport and travel trade union, the Transport Salaried Staffs’

Association, has hired its first head of communications and marketing,

as part of an on-going restructuring of its head office.



Neil Tester, who is currently head of public affairs at the National

Union of Students, will be responsible for devising and overseeing a new

strategy for the TSSA’s communication and marketing activities.



He will also edit the Transport Salaried Staffs’ Journal, replacing Jim

Cobley who is retiring after 11 years. Tester will report direct to the

general secretary, Richard Rosser.



’The trade union needs to promote itself more effectively and attract

new members,’ said Cobley.



’We face change in the industry, with rail privatisation and the

deregulation of the buses,’ said Tester. ’The vast bulk of our

membership is from what was British Rail and London Transport. We want

to attract members from the less traditional sectors - the travel

industries, the road freight and ferry industries.’



The TSSA represents approximately 34,000 members in the UK and Republic

of Ireland.



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