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Christmas rail strikes on the cards at Virgin West Coast

3 November 2017

TSSA is to ballot its members in Virgin Trains on strike action after pay talks have failed to come up with a decent deal for our members.

A majority yes vote will mean strikes will hit West Coast mainline services over the Christmas and New Year period should the dispute not be settled by then.

Our Virgin members working on stations and trains are unhappy that Virgin is giving drivers an increase of 9pc but offering just 3.2pc to staff employed on stations and trains.

Says TSSA General Secretary, Manuel Cortes, “No one begrudges train drivers their pay rise but to offer one part of your workforce 9pc and everyone else 3.2pc is not just divisive, it’s plain unfair.

“Richard Branson’s certainly upset our members with this bad industrial practice. Let’s hope he gives up the Ebeneezer Scrooge act and gets back to the talking table having dug into his company’s vast reserves to properly remunerate all of his hardworking staff equally so everyone of his passengers and staff can have a happy Christmas.”

Said TSSA Organising Director Steve Coe who oversees TSSA services to more than 400 members in Virgin Trains West Coast, “Our members are angry they are expected to be satisfied with what amounts in real terms to a pay stand still while their driver colleagues - who are already paid over twice as much as them - are given a big pay rise.

“Part of the drivers’ pay increase is a sum to compensate them for not having a shorter working week – compensation that Virgin has refused to offer our members.

“Richard Branson needs to understand that our members contribute just as much as the drivers do to the massive profits he makes out of Virgin Trains.

“Our members – some them amongst the lowest paid of Virgin’s staff - just want a fair deal. And if they don’t get it, they will be taking strike action when it will hurt Branson’s pocket the most – over Christmas.”

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