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Virgin Trains East Coast: 2016 Pay Claim Update

13 June 2016

The second meeting has now taken place with Virgin Trains East Coast to discuss the 2016 pay claim. In responding to the Unions' claims, the Company offered a 1.3% (or £400 whichever is greater) increase on a “one year, no-strings” basis. Although they sought further information on a number of other areas of our claim, they gave no commitment to consider anything other than basic pay during these discussions.

After a short recess this offer was rejected as it falls below our members’ expectations at a time when they are working under ever-increasing pressures, and subject to significant increases in the cost of living. A counter proposal was then put to the Company for a 2.5% (or £600 whichever is the greater) increase to basic pay and allowances. The Company responded saying they had not intended to offer anything above an increase of 1.3% which was equivalent to the published February rate of inflation.

After further discussion the Company agreed to consider the points made, and respond at the next meeting scheduled to take place on 27th June. We will of course keep you updated of any developments.

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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