RMT announces strike action on Virgin West Coast in fight over pay justice

29 November 2017

RMT announces strike action on Virgin West Coast in fight over pay justice

RAIL UNION RMT announced today that members on Virgin West Coast services will be taking strike action in a dispute over pay justice.

At the heart of the dispute is the RMT demand for a suitable equal offer for its Virgin West Coast members to that received by drivers.

Virgin have agreed a deal for drivers to buy out their claim for a one hour reduction in the base working week without loss of pay by giving an additional £500.00 on their basic salary, which is pensionable, whilst asking RMT to enter into self-financing arrangements for other grades.

All Virgin West Coast Members are instructed not to book on for any shifts that commence between: –

•             0001 and 2359 Friday 15th December 2017
•             0001 and 2359 Friday 22nd December 2017
•             0001 and 2359 Friday 5th January 2018
•             0001 and 2359 Monday 8th January 2018
•             0001 and 2359 Friday 26th January 2018
•             0001 and 2359 Monday 29th January 2018

The ballot for strike action saw a huge level of support with nearly 1800 Train Managers, On Board Catering, Station, Clerical and Retail Grades on the West Coast route from Glasgow down to Euston voting by over nine to one in favour of both strike action and action short of a strike.

RMT General Secretary Mick Cash said:
“Our members on Virgin West Coast are striking for workplace equality and workplace justice.

“All our members are demanding is a suitable and equal offer to that given to drivers to buy out their claim for a reduction in the base working week. We have made it clear to the company that the inequality and underhanded approach of Virgin will be fought tooth and nail. We will not accept our members being dealt with less favourably than others.

“The message needs to get through to Sir Richard Branson on his luxury island retreat in the sunshine that those who are financing his lifestyle through their hard graft have had enough and are prepared to fight for justice in their workplaces.

“The union remains available for talks.

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