17 November 2017
RMT Press Office:
RMT ballots for action on Virgin East Coast over attempt to impose two-tier workforce.
RAIL UNION RMT will be balloting members on Virgin East Coast after the company decided to impose a pay offer that had previously been rejected by the workforce.
The offer sought to impose inferior conditions under further productivity and efficiency savings, despite an ongoing reorganisation that has already given the business many savings for this and future years.
Terms and conditions of hand-selected grades are being attacked, with others being better rewarded and left alone.
RMT General Secretary Mick Cash said:
“We will not stand by while Virgin East Coast attempt to impose a two tier workforce with different terms and conditions for our members.
“The pay offer was put to our members and they rejected it by a large majority. Instead of negotiating the company has sought to impose the offer. Therefore RMT is preparing a ballot for industrial action for our Virgin Trains East Coast members.
“The union remains available for talks.”