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Boilermakers, UK-based TSSA sign strategic partnership agreement

IP Newton B. Jones, with TSSA General Secretary Manuel Cortes, signs the strategic partnership agreement between IBB and TSSA.

THE INTERNATIONAL BROTHERHOOD of Boilermakers and Transport Salaried Staffs' Association TSSA signed a mutually beneficial strategic partnership agreement at TSSA’s headquarters in London, Sunday, Feb. 8.

TSSA is a specialized transport and travel union founded in 1897 and has over 18,000 members working throughout Britain and Ireland (https://www.tssa.org.uk/).

"The International Brotherhood of Boilermakers has deep roots in the railroad and transportation industries that go back to our earliest days,” said Boilermakers International President Newton B. Jones. “This strategic partnership will amplify our common strengths and resources, creating new intensity for both IBB and TSSA in our efforts to ensure working people have a voice on the job, safe working conditions, fair wages and fair treatment.”

According to a joint press release issued by the organizations, the agreement aims to enhance the two unions’ common strengths by sharing respective organizing and education programs, as well as exchanging resources and creating a greater political voice at an international level.

The IBB and the TSSA share a common desire to see their respective unions grow as a result of their organizing initiatives and will cooperate with each other in shared resources, knowledge, campaigning and communication techniques to help deliver membership growth in both organizations.

“I was delighted to welcome a delegation from the IBB to London and agree to enter into this strategic partnership. Our two unions have much in common, and I have no doubt our accord will be of great mutual benefit in numerous ways,” said TSSA General Secretary Manuel Cortes.

“I know how seriously our sisters and brothers in the IBB take the work they are doing in education, politics as well as organizing to win in the industrial sphere. Through our collective strength we can continue to learn from each other, working together for all our members.”

Said IP Jones: “Under this new strategic partnership, we look forward to building a bright future for our unions together.”