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Virgin Trains East Coast: 2015 Pay Update

16 July 2015

Following the rejection of the Company's pay offer by TSSA members in the recent referendum, a further meeting took place yesterday at which Virgin Trains East Coast made an improved offer for non-management staff.

The Company has now agreed to include a minimum pay increase to boost the earnings of low paid staff, and to apply the increase to all pay-related allowances. These were two major concerns with their previous offer, and the revised offer represents a significant improvement in these areas. We also pressed the Company to improve their basic pay offer of a 2% increase to salaries, and after much discussion they have now proposed a small non-consolidated lump sum payment for all staff in addition to the 2% salary increase. The exact amount of any payment and the level at which the minimum pay increase will be set is still under discussion, but the fact we have persuaded the Company to make any improved offer at all is a direct result of the membership overwhelmingly voting to reject their previous offer in the referendum.

Although the improved offer is welcomed and goes some way towards addressing our concerns, it still falls short of our aspirations. A further meeting will take place in a few weeks time at which we will continue to press the Company to improve their offer.

If you require any further information on the contents of this article, please contact your staff reps in the first instance. Please also discuss the contents of this article with your colleagues, and encourage any non-members to join. The more members we have, the stronger we are. Membership application forms can be obtained from your TSSA reps or you can join on-line here.

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