Our Ref: BR2/4/1
14th November 2019
TO ALL VIRGIN WEST COAST TRAIN MANAGERS
ALL ACTION SUSPENDED!
DISMISSAL, REBECCA HUGHES, TRAIN MANAGER, HOLYHEAD - VIRGIN WEST COAST
I write to advise you that talks were held at ACAS this week to try to resolve this dispute over the case of your fellow Train Manager colleague Rebecca Hughes. At the meeting attended by the lead officer and your company council reps agreement was reached which was unanimously recommended to your NEC for approval. The details of this agreement are confidential and cannot be divulged.
Having considered the recommendation of our reps the NEC has decided to suspend the strike action called for 19th November 2019 and members are therefore instructed to work normally. I would like to play tribute to the solidarity and support shown by you and your colleagues for Rebecca. The company had no doubt you were united and determined to see Rebecca treated fairly and were prepared to take strike action if necessary. Without this support this agreement would not have been possible I would like to thank you on behalf of Rebecca and the union.
Additionally, as part of our discussions in relation to Rebecca’s case, an agreement has been reached to set up a working group to review current practices and procedures in order to improve the way similar cases are dealt with. Your Train Manager Company Council reps will be meeting with the company on 18th November to map out the range of issues to be discussed as part of the review. The intention is to a develop a framework approach drawing on good industry practice and introduce this across the network.
Once again I want to thank you all for your sterling support for your colleague which has seen her case brought to a satisfactory conclusion.