By Pete Jackson
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Virgin Cross Country railworkers

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Some 370 members of the RMT union on Virgin’s Cross Country line struck last weekend, the third time they have held a one-day strike in a dispute over Sunday working.
Issue 1984
On the picket line at Birmingham New Street  (Pic: Pete Jackson)
On the picket line at Birmingham New Street (Pic: Pete Jackson)

Some 370 members of the RMT union on Virgin’s Cross Country line struck last weekend, the third time they have held a one-day strike in a dispute over Sunday working.

Payments for working on a Sunday used to be 17.5 percent higher than a weekday until a new agreement in 2002 reduced them to just 6 percent more.

Last Sunday’s strike saw ten RMT union members picket Birmingham New Street station, the biggest depot in the Cross Country network, with 122 workers. Only three people crossed the picket line.

Ken Usher, RMT regional official, told Socialist Worker that the strike was solid across Britain. He said his members were enjoying having Sundays off. As one worker put it “only monkeys work on Sundays for peanuts”.

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