Equality in the Rail Industry

Thank you for taking the time to be part of this important research by TSSA, in partnership with the University of the West of England.    

In 2015 TSSA conducted research on ‘Equality in the Rail Industry’. Members and supporters who worked on our railway completed a comprehensive survey that our academic partners then analysed. In 2021 we are doing it again, to see what the situation is for people now and what we need to prioritise over the next 5 years. Given the Covid-19 pandemic has highlighted inequality on many levels, it is more important than ever for TSSA to be leading on equality.

You can help us by completing this survey and then asking colleagues to do the same. If you are not a TSSA member, please still feel free to complete the survey. If you do not feel equality issues affect you, your experience is important to record also. All views are valid. Our aspiration is to make the rail industry a fairer and more equal place to work and an example to other industries of how trade unions and employers can work together to achieve fairness at work. 

How we will use your data
Your personal data will remain confidential to TSSA. Once you have completed the survey we will work with our partners from University of the West of England to analyse it. Our academic partners are bound by confidentiality also and will have access to anonymised responses only for the purposes of analysis. Any information released from this survey will not identify any one individual.

You are making a difference!
Thank you for taking the time to do this survey and help make the railway more inclusive.


This section asks your opinion on your life at work.

For the following questions please tick the box which best reflects the your feeling about the statement:

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* 1. My Job

  Strongly agree Agree Neither agree nor disagree Disagree Strongly disagree
I am treated with respect as an individual
I am trusted to do my job well
My job makes good use of my skills and abilities
I know who to go to if I need help with a work-related problem
The railway industry is an inclusive and diverse sector of employment

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* 2. Overall how satisfied are you with

  Very satisfied Satisfied Neither satisfied nor dissatisfied Dissatisfied Very dissatisfied
the hours and shift patterns you are required to work
the level of job security you feel
the amount of involvement you have in decision-making at this workplace?

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* 3. My line manager

  Strongly agree Agree Neither agree nor disagree Disagree Strongly disagree
My manager deals fairly and effectively with poor performance
I have confidence in the decisions my manager makes
I have regular, constructive conversations with my manager about my personal development

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* 4. Support and well-being

  Strongly agree Agree Neither agree nor disagree Disagree Strongly disagree
I am able to strike the right balance between my work and home life
My employer supports positive mental health and wellbeing
My line manager actively supports my mental health and wellbeing
My working environment meets my physical needs

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* 5. Reward and Recognition

  Strongly agree Agree Neither agree nor disagree Disagree Strongly disagree
I am satisfied with the total benefits package offered by my employer
I feel my basic pay is reasonable for the job I do
I am satisfied with the recognition (other than pay and benefits) that I receive for doing my job well

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* 6. Training and Development

  Strongly agree Agree Neither agree nor disagree Disagree Strongly disagree
The development and training I receive at work helps my performance and growth
My manager helps me develop my knowledge, skills and potential
I have the knowledge, training and skills necessary to do my job
I have the tools and equipment necessary to do my job

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* 7. My Organisation

  Strongly agree Agree Neither agree nor disagree Disagree Strongly disagree
My employer treats me fairly
I feel comfortable speaking up and challenging the way things are done at my workplace
I feel included and welcome in the workplace
I am proud to tell people who I work for
I feel comfortable sharing my equality information and issues with my employer (i.e., my disability, ethnicity, sexual orientation information, etc.)

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* 8. Ideally, who do you think would best represent you about the following?

  Myself Trade Union Employee Representative (non-union) Line Manager Another employee
Getting increases in your pay
If your employer wanted to reduce your hours or pay
Getting training
If you wanted to make a complaint about working here
If a manager wanted to discipline you
Discrimination in the workplace
Flexible working requests
Reasonable adjustments for my disability

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* 9. Equality and Diversity

  Strongly agree Agree Neither agree nor disagree Disagree Strongly disagree
My team is formed of a diverse group of people with different perspectives and viewpoints
My employer offers equal opportunities regardless of individual differences (e.g. race, gender, disability, background)
I understand my employer’s approach to diversity and inclusion and what it means to the business
I feel that my colleagues value diversity and what I bring to the workplace
 

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