Gerald Kaufman – 2014 Parliamentary Question to the Department for Transport

The below Parliamentary question was asked by Gerald Kaufman on 2014-06-24.

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will confirm the legal protections for existing collective bargaining agreements between recognised trade unions and West Coast Trains Ltd for the period of the rail passenger franchise directly awarded to the employer on 19 June and coming into effect on 22 June 2014.

Stephen Hammond

As there has been no change of employer under this direct award, our expectation is that the status of contracts, collective bargaining agreements and legal protections are unchanged. However, staffing matters remain an issue between the employer, West Coast Trains Limited, and its staff.