31 March 2016
RMT Press Office:
RMT to ballot Virgin Glasgow Train Managers over leave arrangements.
RAIL UNION RMT confirmed today that it is to ballot Virgin Train Managers at Glasgow Central for both strike action and action short of a strike over leave arrangements which have had a severe negative impact on this particular group of staff.
The dispute hinges on the way that leave is currently booked which mean that staff are left unable to take “floating” leave days within the set period, leading to a carryover and the possible loss of those days. RMT reps have attempted to negotiate a fair settlement, particularly as other Virgin depots have improved arrangements that guarantee access to the floating leave days.
However, management have refused to move and as a result the union is now preparing for an industrial action ballot.
Mick Cash RMT General Secretary said:
“This dispute is simply about fairness and the ability for staff to book annual leave that they are entitled to.
“RMT reps have tried at local and national level to negotiate a settlement based on equality with other Virgin Trains depots but the management side have dug their heels in leaving us with no option but to ballot for action.
“RMT remains available for talks.”