Virgin Trains cleaners to strike next week over sacking

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Cleaners on Virgin Trains are to stage a 24-hour strike in a row over the sacking of a colleague
Cleaners on Virgin Trains are to stage a 24-hour strike in a row over the sacking of a colleague

Cleaners on Virgin Trains are to stage a 24-hour strike next week.

The strike follows a row over the sacking of a colleague.

Members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport union employed by contractor Voith at a depot in Manchester will walk out from 7pm on Thursday June 12.

The dispute involves scores of union members who clean Virgin's West Coast fleet of trains.

RMT acting general secretary Mick Cash claimed that Simon Upton had been dismissed because of his union activities.

A Virgin Trains spokesman said: "This is a matter for Alstom, the company that has the contract with Voith, who provide the cleaners on Virgin Trains' services.

"Alstom have told us that they will put in place contingency plans and that Virgin Trains' customers should not see any difference to the usual high standards of cleaning."



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