Rates of Pay and Conditions of Service 2017 – Virgin Trains East Coast

To all VTEC Members


Dear Colleagues,

Rates of Pay and Conditions of Service 2017 – Virgin Trains East Coast

You will now have received management’s ‘RMT Ballot – Know the Facts’ glossy and I’m sure you would like me to give you the real facts not VTEC’s imaginary ones. I don’t want to keep refuting management’s ‘mis-information’ as I know you can read between the lines but some of the things they are putting out are just plain lies. I’m not going to go through each one but they even contradict themselves in this leaflet

They state that ‘There are no changes to new entrants pay or your sick pay entitlement.’  They also state that they ‘are introducing a ‘rolling ’sick pay year………..’ well if this isn’t a change to your sick pay arrangements I don’t know what is! Staff with genuine long term illnesses are being targeted. Hopefully it won’t be you next but none of us know what is around the corner.

I also want to make something abundantly clear. This union and its negotiators have never accepted or recommended the deal. At the conclusion of negotiations we held a referendum and you, the members, rejected the offer by an absolutely massive majority. Why VTEC keep peddling this lie is beyond me, you have spoken, you have rejected the offer and management should get back round the negotiating table and respect their staff’s wishes.

What they fail to point out is that this is a productivity deal. You are giving up some of your terms and conditions and take on additional work to get your pay rise. The Drivers never had to offer any productivity so why should you?

Your ballot paper will be arriving on your door mat in the next day or so if you haven’t already received it. It is imperative that you use your vote and vote ‘YES’ to both questions. It is equally important that you make sure you post it back to the ERS as soon as possible. Do not leave it on the side to send tomorrow. The new anti-trade union laws make it even more difficult to get a strike mandate and we need a massive return.

I would again like to make something very clear about your right to vote. Irrespective of whether you have opted in, opted out, or had the pay imposed,   you are entitled to vote in this ballot. Your union has not accepted the imposition of pay or the changes to your long standing and hard earned terms and conditions. Nor do we accept this is the final position. Do not be misled – you are entitled to vote, we want you to vote and we want you to stand shoulder to shoulder with your colleagues and vote ‘YES’ for both strike action and action short of a strike.


Yours sincerely,


Mick Cash
General Secretary