Dec 15, 2017

Virgin Trains staff to hold 24-hour strike

Virgin rail workers are to go on a 24-hour strike later in the first of a number of walkouts across the UK. Rail, Maritime and Transport union and Transport Salaried Staffs Association members on Virgin Trains West Coast will strike over pay and staffing. Most Virgin West Coast services will still run, but Chester and north Wales will not be served for most of the day. Further strikes are planned on Virgin West Coast services on 22 December and throughout January. RMT general secretary Mick Cash said: "We have made it clear to the company that the inequality and underhanded approach of Virgin will be fought tooth and nail." Phil Whittingham, managing director for Virgin Trains on the West Coast, said the company had spoken to the unions about a 3.6% pay rise - but they want 4%. He claims that is double the 2% national average seen across the UK this year.

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