16 January 2019
RMT Press Office:
DHL Virgin West Coast contract staff to strike in fight for pay and workplace justice.
RAIL UNION RMT confirmed today that DHL staff providing crucial logistics support on the Virgin West Coast Main Line will strike at the end of this month in a fight for pay and workplace justice.
In a ballot that concluded last week RMT members returned a unanimous vote in favour of taking industrial action to demand a decent increase to rates of pay along with genuine improvements to working conditions.
Having consulted widely RMT's National Executive Committee has taken the decision to instruct all members to take strike action by NOT BOOKING ON FOR ANY SHIFTS THAT COMMENCE BETWEEN:-
21:59 hours Wednesday 30th January 2019 and 21:59 hours on Friday 1st February 2019.
RMT General Secretary Mick Cash said;
"The DHL staff provide crucial logistical support to the catering operation on Virgin West Coast trains from London to Scotland. They are sick of being denied basic pay and workplace justice for the important roles they carry out on this main intercity link and have voted unanimously for action. That is a measure of their anger.
"As a result of the companies intransigence we have had no option but to put on this strike action to force the company back to the negotiating with serious proposals that deliver decent pay levels and working conditions. RMT remains available for genuine talks."