UK: Virgin East Coast Rail to strike

Bank Holiday train chaos: Virgin staff announce strike over August weekend at same time as Eurostar workers’ action


Rail passengers face an August Bank Holiday weekend of chaos after the announcement of a second round of strike action.


Workers on Virgin Trains East Coast are to stage three 24-hour strikes – including one on Bank Holiday Monday – in a row over jobs, working conditions and safety.


Members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport (RMT) union will walk out from 3am on August 19, 26 and 29, and will ban overtime for 48 hours from August 27.


It is the latest outbreak of industrial action on the railways after RMT members on Eurostar launched a four-day walkout on Friday following strikes earlier in the week at Southern Railway.


Eurostar staff will also walk out for three days from Saturday, August 27 to Monday, August 29 – the Bank Holiday weekend.



Friday, August 12 to Monday, August 15 and Saturday, August 27 to Monday, August 29 (Bank Holiday weekend)


Virgin East Coast

London to Aberdeen, Inverness and Hull. 24-hour walkouts from 3am on Friday, August 19, Friday August 26 and Monday, August 29 (Bank Holiday weekend). Overtime banned for 48 hours from Saturday, August 27


Southern Rail

Services from the south east to London. Expected in September