More than 300 guards in the RMT union on Virgin Cross Country struck on New Year’s day and are set to be out again each Sunday in a dispute over the erosion of Sunday pay rates.
“The company is well aware that our 35-hour week agreement was supposed to have brought us a shorter working week without loss of pay and that our members have seen the value of enhancements for working on Sundays cut by nearly 6 percent,” says RMT general secretary Bob Crow.
“Our local reps were quite happy to recommend acceptance of a deal hammered out with Virgin bosses last August.
“But it seems that Richard Branson’s executive board vetoed it.
“Since then they have refused point-blank to talk about the issue and it now seems that they are happy to lose Sunday services altogether rather than agree to a deal that will cost them only £6 per shift.”