Announcements have confirmed that the ticket office staff of Virgin Trains is all set to call for a strike, backed by the Transport Salaried Staffs' Association, which will help its members stage the walkouts in January at "4 mainline stations between London Euston and Glasgow".
Gerry Doherty, the union's leader, shared that the members were all striking to "defend their jobs and the booking windows service offered to passengers". Over 200 office staff currently employed with Virgin, taking care of bookings, along the West Coast, had voted in favor of the industrial action.
The strike is all set to affect the areas of Euston, Watford, Milton Keynes, Rugby, Coventry, Birmingham International and Birmingham New Street, among others, and Mr. Doherty has shared that Virgin has emerged as the most recent privately-owned rail firm to "cut back on customer services to boost their bottom line during the recession", while also stressing that "if management get away with these latest cutbacks", passengers would have to face long waiting lines.
The strike is being delayed by the employees deliberately in order to ensure that the Holiday season travel is not disrupted, as confirmed by the union leader.
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