Dec 5, 2017

Virgin Trains East Coast staff balloted for strike action

Virgin Trains East Coast staff are to be balloted for industrial action in a row over pay and conditions. Virgin Trains East Coast said it was disappointed its offer of a "Very fair 3.2% pay increase" was not accepted. The decision has sparked financial concerns across the industry as the franchise, a partnership between Stagecoach and Virgin, had agreed to pay the government £3.3bn to run the service until 2023. It said some 2,000 members were being balloted and it covered all train crew staff including train managers, drivers and on-board catering workers. A Virgin Trains spokesman said: "We can reassure customers that we expect to be able to run a near-normal service in the event of any industrial action."

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