RMT members vote for Virgin West Coast strikes

RMT members on Virgin West Coast are to take six days’ strike action over pay in the next two months.

TSSA members are taking action over the same issue, which sees both unions unhappy at pay inequality with train drivers. The RMT members will take action on December 15 and 22, and again on January 5, 8, 26 and 29.

RMT general secretary Mick Cash said: “Our members on Virgin West Coast are striking for workplace equality and workplace justice. All our members are demanding is a suitable and equal offer to that given to drivers to buy out their claim for a reduction in the base working week.

“We have made it clear to the company that the inequality and underhanded approach of Virgin will be fought tooth and nail. We will not accept our members being dealt with less favourably than others.

“The message needs to get through to Sir Richard Branson on his luxury island retreat in the sunshine that those who are financing his lifestyle through their hard graft have had enough and are prepared to fight for justice in their workplaces. The union remains available for talks.”

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