House of Commons
PROTECTING STAFF EMPLOYED ON THE WEST COAST MAINLINE
EDM #2334
Tabled 29 April 2019
2017-19 Session
That this House notes that the Government has barred Stagecoach from bidding on new rail franchises including the West Coast Main Line which it currently operates jointly with Virgin; further notes that this franchise is due to be renewed in March 2020; shares the concerns of the RMT union about the impact of this uncertainty on staff; calls for the jobs, conditions and pensions of Virgin staff and the staff of Virgin subcontractors such as Alstom, Leadec and DHL to be fully protected; further calls for the maintenance and expansion of services including catering, ticket office and station staff and safety critical guards to be retained on all trains; and calls on the Government to reject any bids for the West Coast Partnership which do not provide these protections.