Our Ref BR2/0001/VTEC
10th March 2018
TO ALL RMT MEMBERS AT VTEC
RATES OF PAY AND CONDITIONS OF SERVICE 2017 – VIRGIN TRAINS EAST COAST
Further to my letter of 28th February 2018 you will have received correspondence yesterday from VTEC claiming that “RMT has rejected our latest pay offer”. This is an incorrect statement as we have in fact formally written to them advising of our acceptance of the latest proposals following a decision by the union’s National Executive Committee.
In that correspondence we also advised VTEC that we consider the numerous tribunal claims we are supporting against VTEC over the imposition of the pay offer to be separate from the pay discussions. Our position in this regard was also made clear throughout our discussions on this matter. As you will be aware, these claims are on the basis that VTEC breached the laws relating to collective bargaining.
We have received a reply from the company stating their position that they would not reach agreement unless we withdrew our support for the tribunal claims. The National Executive Committee will be considering the latest developments next week. I will write to you all again shortly.
Yours sincerely Mick Cash General Secretary