To All Virgin West Coast Members
Our Ref: BR2/15/10
26th September 2019
TUPE TRANSFER – VIRGIN WEST COAST TO FIRST / TRENITALIA
Further to my letter dated the 14th August 2019 with regards to the above matter and where I informed you and your colleagues of the forthcoming TUPE transfer to First Trenitalia. I reiterate that the RMT’s absolute priority during the transfer process and throughout the duration of the franchise is protecting your jobs and conditions. With this in mind, the Union has raised our concerns with the new company, VWC, DfT, Transport Minister and the Welsh and Scottish Governments as part of the formal TUPE consultation process.
I can also advise you that I have received an update report from the Lead Officer indicating that a TUPE transfer regulations briefing will be delivered to your respective Company Council Representatives on the 14th October 2019 who will, in turn, be attending the formal TUPE consultation meetings. The Lead Officer further reports that an initial consultation meeting has been proposed for the 15th October 2019.
Your union’s National Executive Committee has again considered the matter and I have been instructed to seek a further update report from the Lead Officer once the first consultation meeting has taken place. Additionally, any information known on the TUPE transfer or on the matters raised previously will be placed back before the Executive Committee for further consideration.
I trust this keeps you fully advised on the matter and I will, of course, update you on any further developments.