1,800 workers walkout over Christmas, Virgin Train West Coast strike

Published on : Thursday, November 30, 2017

virgin-trainsThere will be a 24-hour strike in December and January by the workers of the Virgin Trains West Coast related to dispute over pay.


Around 1,800 workers will be a part of the walkout among which there will be 1,800 train managers, on-board catering staff , station and clerical workers.



On December 15 and 22 and January 5, 8, 26 and 29 the members of the Rail, Maritime and Transportation will walk out.



However, majority of its services will still be on during the strikes.



The members on Virgin West Coast took to strike for workplace equality and justice , the members are demanding suitable and equal offer to drivers to buy out their claim for reduction in the base working week said Mick Cash, RMT general secretary.



He further added that the inequality and underhanded approach will be fought with tooth and nail and the members will not accept being dealt less favourably.



Sir Richard Branson should know that those who have financed his lifestyle through their hard graft have had enough and prepared to fight for justice in their workplace.




The RMT leadership is attempting to create disruption when people are willing to travel. There was a 3.6% pay increase while the trade union’s leadership is insisting on 4% which is double the 2% average increase seen across the UK this year said Phil Whittingham.



However, it will remain open to continuing talks with the RMT.



For the 2017/18 backdated to April 2017 Virgin had informally offered a 3.6 % pay increase while a deal for the following year of next January’s RPU inflation  plus 0.2 %.



The offer was rejected by the RMT leadership and asked for a 4% increase for this year which will be followed by an increase the following year of RPI plus 0.25%.



The Department for Transport needs to agree before any informal offer said Virgin.

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