Avanti West Coast Caterers to strike over intolerable working conditions

Avanti West Coast Caterers to strike over intolerable working conditions

1 June 2024

RMT Press Office:

RMT will take strike action on Avanti West Coast next week, after the company imposed rosters that are causing widespread stress and fatigue.

Caterers at the company are deeply unhappy about short notice changes to shift patterns, job cuts and enforced overtime. 
RMT members are unable to fulfil or plan family commitments, attend medical appointments and that is having a detrimental affect on the workforce. 
Since Avanti took over the West Coast Main Line franchise from Virgin, it has been dogged by numerous industrial relations disputes, culminating in this latest stoppage on Friday June 7.
RMT general secretary Mick Lynch said: “Avanti West Coast is demonstrating an abysmal disregard for the welfare of its staff. 
“Our members, who provide essential catering services on-board, have faced relentless job cuts, erratic scheduling, and enforced overtime.
“The company's chaotic management has left staff unable to plan their lives, creating an unacceptable level of stress and fatigue.
"The irony is that there seems to be no sensible reason for these detrimental practices. It’s simply a shambles how Avanti West Coast manages its staffing. 
“The situation is intolerable and we have been left with no choice but to take strike action to protect our members and demand a fair and reasonable work-life balance."

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