Apr 13, 2017

Virgin Trains East Coast staff to stage 48-hour strike

The stoppage, on 28 and 29 April, follows recent strikes by three other train operators in rows over staffing. The union said it wanted "Explicit clarification" from Virgin on the future role of guards. "A union statement said:"The only response the company has offered is to repeat the vague and non-committal mantra of 'within our discussions we have confirmed that the safety-critical duties of the guard will remain on the train'. RMT general secretary Mick Cash added: "It is simply appalling that Virgin East Coast have refused to give the most basic assurances on the safety-critical role of the guard on their trains continuing into the future." The RMT is already embroiled in disputes over staffing and driver-only trains with Southern, Merseyrail and Arriva Trains North.

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