Virgin Trains on the West Coast strike called off

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Virgin Trains says planned strikes by the RMT and TSSA unions in the Virgin Trains on the West Coast have been called out.

The strikes were to take place on the Friday and in four days in January.

The company said it would try to run a full service on Friday, but warned that there could be some cancellations.

Virgin advised customers to check the timetables before you travel. However, the revised schedule is not due to go live on your website until the early hours of Friday morning.

“We will do everything we can to run a full service on Friday, but due to the strike has been called at the last minute there may be some cancellations,” said Phil Whittingham, executive director of Virgin Trains on the west coast.

“We’re going to be working hard to ensure that our clients can make it home as quickly and as easily as possible for Christmas.”

The strike was over pay, with the RMT in search of an “adequate and equal” pay offer to train managers and catering on board of the workers on the West Coast from Glasgow to Euston to be given to the drivers.

RMT general secretary Mick Cash, said a breakthrough had been made in talks with the company and the offer, as it was still not good enough to be members of the union.

TSSA general secretary Manuel Cortes said: “I am pleased that the Lady has finally seen sense, to return to the negotiating table, and the offer of use of our passengers more alterations in… of Christmas.”