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

Our Ref: BR2/0001/VTEC

29th November 2017

Dear Colleague,

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


Further to my previous correspondence, I write to you again to update you on the latest developments in the matter of your pay and conditions. An Avoidance of Dispute meeting has taken place and your negotiating team entered into these talks with high hopes of a fresh offer that would meet our aspirations.

You can imagine their surprise and shock when Management declined to offer any improvements to the current offer and in fact would be imposing the pay increase and the changes to your sick pay terms and conditions, and that you and your colleagues would have to like it or lump it. The sheer breath-taking arrogance of the Company seems to be that we will roll over and meekly let them push through their agenda without a fight…


They have ignored the democratic result of your referendum in which the offer was overwhelmingly rejected. They are refusing to listen to you and they are refusing to try and settle this matter with your union through the agreed machinery. They are saying that it’s our way or the highway! Well now is the time to make them do a U Turn.

Your National Executive Committee has decided that the only way VTEC will listen to your views is for us to hold a ballot for industrial action. Your ballot papers will be dispatched shortly and I urge you to YES for Strike Action and YES for industrial action short of a strike.

I would also like to make something very clear about your right to vote before the red herrings are set swimming. Irrespective of whether you have opted in, opted out - or done nothing yet - 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.

Do not waste this golden opportunity to deliver a huge mandate for strike action in the upcoming ballot, let VTEC know you will not be bullied or divided in your determination to fight for a fair pay rise and retention of your hard won terms and conditions.


I will keep you advised of further developments.

Yours sincerely

Mick Cash
General Secretary