Angry Virgin rail workers vote to strike
INDUSTRIAL relations on the railways have worsened after workers on Virgin East Coast voted to strike in a dispute over jobs, conditions and safety.
Members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport union (RMT) supported walkouts by 84 per cent, with nine out of 10 backed other action.
The union, which is embroiled in a bitter row at Southern Railway over the role of conductors, said its executive will consider the vote, while Virgin said it will run a full timetable in any strike.
The two sides are in dispute over staffing changes, which the company says would have no impact on safety and no compulsory job losses.
General Secretary Mick Cash ( above) said: “RMT will not sit back while nearly 200 members’ jobs are under threat and also conditions and safety are put at risk.”