Belfast Telegraph

Catering workers who supply Virgin trains to stage two 48-hour strikes

Catering workers who supply food for Virgin West Coast trains are to stage two 48-hour strikes in a dispute over pay.

Members of the Rail , Maritime and Transport union employed by DHL Global Group will walk out from 10pm on December 13 and from the same time on the 20th. The workers prepare food but do not work on the trains.

The union said DHL has offered a 2.2% wage rise but only to workers who did not receive an increase in line with the national living wage.

RMT general secretary Mick Cash said: "This union will not tolerate a grinding down of pay rates to poverty thresholds on Britain's railways at a time when the political focus is all on lifting wages to decent, living levels.

"DHL are flying in the face of that and are cynically trying to abuse staff by paying the national living wage as a drag weight on wages for the low paid workforce.

"Furthermore, DHL's offer does nothing to assist the overwhelming majority of their staff, who are based at Euston, to secure the London living wage."