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Virgin Cross Country

Issue No. 1982

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.”

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Sat 7 Jan 2006, 00:00 GMT
Issue No. 1982
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