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Virgin Trains West Coast strike called off

Virgin Trains West Coast

A planned strike by Virgin Trains West Coast staff on Friday (December 22) has been called off at the last minute following talks with unions.

Members of the RMT and TSSA unions have agreed to cancel the strike, plus another four days of planned industrial action in January, after reaching a deal with the rail franchise.

The unions have been in the dispute with Virgin Trains over employment conditions for guards.

Virgin Trains said in a statement: “We are planning to run a full timetable, however there may be some cancellations due to the last minute staff rota changes. Services are likely to be busier than normal so ticket restrictions have been relaxed.”

TSSA general secretary Manuel Cortes said "I am pleased Virgin has finally seen sense, come back to the negotiating table, and made an offer sparing our passengers further disruption at a time of the year when the just want to get to be with their loved ones for Christmas."

UK train services are set to be disrupted by a series of strikes by workers at other rail franchises over the festive period, as well as planned engineering work on the network.

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