Virgin Trains strike imminent

Virgin Trains strike imminent

Workers on Virgin Trains East Coast are going to be staging a 24-hour strike next week.

As you'd expect, this is a quarrel about jobs and working conditions.

Members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport union are going to down tools on October 3rd. There was going to be a strike in August, but it was suspended. However, the industrial dispute hasn't been resolved.

RMT general secretary Mick Cash said: "RMT will not sit back while nearly 200 members' jobs are under threat and while conditions and safety are put at risk by a franchise which is clearly in financial trouble."

"The union suspended an earlier programme of action when it looked like serious progress was being made in talks, but that process has now failed to reach a satisfactory conclusion and we are back into industrial action as a result."

"We have been shocked at the way the company have led us up the garden path when we entered talks in good faith. Our representatives are rightly angry at this cavalier approach."

Even though this is going ahead, Virgin Trains have assured customers that they'll still be running a full timetable during this strike.

David Horne, managing director for Virgin Trains on the East Coast, said: "We have worked hard to ensure there are comprehensive contingency plans in place and I want to reassure our customers that our timetable will be unaffected during these walkouts, as well as during any subsequent strikes by the RMT."

"The changes we are making are part of the customer-centric revolution we have planned for the East Coast. We're already more than halfway through our complete refresh of our trains with all new interiors being rolled out, and in two years will have our brand-new Azuma trains coming into service."

"Alongside more modern trains, we want a modern customer service proposition - one that focuses firmly on the customer."

"With our guarantees that there will be no compulsory redundancies, no impact on safety and a full timetable in place during the walkouts, these strikes will cost RMT members pay for no reason, and we urge the union to rejoin us around the negotiating table."

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