Virgin use DfT against ASLEF

03 July 2017

ASLEF is currently in dispute with Virgin Trains West Coast over the issue of pay. The company claim the Department for Transport (DfT) is restricting what they are able to offer in the final year of a franchise.


Commenting on the situation ASLEF General Secretary Mick Whelan ‘I acknowledge that train operating companies are advised by the DfT to contain the overall costs of pay deals in the final year of franchises. However, I have a commitment in writing from a previous Secretary of State for Transport which states that if a pay award is linked to productivity, then it is a matter for the train company.’


Mick added ‘ASLEF’s pay deal with Virgin Trains West coast is linked to productivity so the company should stop hiding behind the DfT and get back to the negotiating table with us.’

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