Virgin Train strike in August

Virgin Train strike in August

Another train strike is afoot, with workers on Virgin Trains East Coast to have three 24-hour strikes this month.

And yes, that includes one on Bank Holiday Monday.

Here's the dates for your diary - Virgin Train staff who are members of the RMT union are going to down tools from 03:00 on 19th, 26th and 29th August and won't be doing overtime for 48 hours from August 27th.

As ever, this is a row over working conditions, as well as a protest against job cuts, and safety.

Around 1,800 union members will be in the strike.

RMT general secretary Mick Cash said that they will not tolerate Virgin Trains' "cavalier attitude to safety", and that the company are trying to "bulldoze through a package of cash-led measures that would decimate jobs, working conditions and threaten the safety regime that currently ensures a guard on every train".

Cash continued: "The company have chosen to treat the negotiations as a game thus far, merely going through the motions of pretending they did not yet know what their plans entailed."

"To behave like that is to treat the union and its members with pure contempt."

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