22 September 2017
RMT Press Office:
RAIL UNION RMT demanded a suitable equal offer for its Virgin West Coast members to that received by drivers ahead of pay talks with the company today, otherwise it will ballot for industrial action.
Virgin have agreed a deal for drivers to buy out their claim for a one hour reduction in the base working week without loss of pay by giving an additional £500.00 on their basic salary, which is pensionable, whilst asking RMT to enter into self-financing arrangements.
The RMT ballot would cover all Train Managers, On Board Catering, Station, Clerical and Retail Grades on the West Coast route from Glasgow down to Euston. With close on 2000 members it is clear that such a ballot could lead to a serious if not catastrophic breakdown in industrial relations and disruption to West Coast services.
RMT General Secretary Mick Cash said:
“All of our members are demanding a suitable and equal offer to that given to drivers to buy out their claim for a reduction in the base working week. The inequality and underhanded approach of Virgin will be fought tooth and nail. We will not accept our members being dealt with less favourably than others.
“ If we fail to make progress on this then will seek a ballot for industrial action and action short of a strike to bring about equality for our members as agreed by an overwhelming decision at mass meeting of RMT representatives yesterday.”