Rail strikes called off after Acas talks

Rail strikes called off after Acas talks

Following four days of further talks with Network Rail at the offices of Acas, the Rail, Maritime and Transport (RMT) has called off the three days strike action planned for this Thursday and next week.

Along with the TSSA and Unite unions, RMT will now consider a revised offer from Network Rail, which will include a 2% increase in pay for this year, backdated to January, and an increase based on the level of RPI inflation for next year.  In return there will be a review of working practices aimed at cutting costs.

Mick Cash, RMT’s general secretary, confirmed that the union, which has 16,000 members working for Network Rail, would consult on the revised package, which also removes the threat of compulsory redundancies for those members covered by this pay claim until 31st December 2016.

Clearly pleased that that industrial action had been suspended, Mark Carne, Network Rail’s chief executive, stated: “With Acas’s help, we have had very constructive talks with the unions over the weekend and I hope we will be able to agree this deal.”

Prior to the announcement that the industrial action had been suspended the Freight Transport Association had expressed its concern that the planned strikes could have resulted in up to nine days without rail freight deliveries across Britain.