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Virgin Trains East Coast: 2016 Pay Settlement

7 July 2016

Your negotiating team met with the Company yesterday to continue discussions on the 2016 pay claim, following our rejection of their 1.8% (or £375 whichever is the greater) offer at the previous meeting. After some discussion a "full and final" offer was made by the Company for a 2% (or £400 whichever is the greater) increase to basic pay and a 2% increase to associated allowances, from 3 April 2016. The Company expect to pay the increase in September salaries if the offer is accepted by the unions.

Whilst we welcome this offer, we remain concerned that another grade group has yet to finalise its pay award for this year. So, to protect your interests we made it clear to the Company that we reserve the right to seek to re-open discussions if that grade group receive a higher increase. However, this caveat aside, we believe this to be the best possible negotiated settlement that can be achieved at this time, and as such we recommend it to you for acceptance. The offer represents a significant improvement on the Company’s opening offer of 1.3%, compares well with other settlements in the industry, and is 0.7% above the rate of inflation for the period. If you are a TSSA member working for VTEC and disagree with this recommendation, please let us know via email to no later than 5pm on Thursday 21 July.

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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