Posted: Wed 8th Mar 2023

RMT union suspends series of Network Rail strikes on March 16 after new pay offer

News and Info from Deeside, Flintshire, North Wales
This article is old - Published: Wednesday, Mar 8th, 2023

The RMT union has called off its planned strike action at Network Rail on 16 March after receiving a new pay offer, leading to hopes of a resolution to the long-running dispute between rail workers and the industry.

RMT members at Network Rail will now have a referendum on the updated offer.

While industrial action will still take place at 14 train operating companies on 16 March, the absence of Network Rail workers means the disruption will not be as widespread and will vary by operator.

Transport for Wales is not involved in the industrial action. However previous industrial action resulting from the dispute between the unions and Network Rail means it will be unable to operate rail services on Network Rail infrastructure.

Andrew Haines, Network Rail’s CEO, stated: “We are relieved for our people, passengers and freight customers that industrial action in Network Rail has now been suspended.”

“We look forward to further information on plans for a referendum.”

An RMT said it had taken the decision to suspend all industrial action on Network Rail following receipt of a new offer from the employer.

“Further updates will be given on all aspects of the national rail dispute in the coming days.”

RMT members who work for train companies, including train guards, are still due to strike on 16, 18 and 30 March, as well as on 1 April.

The union has been seeking a 15% pay increase and a reduction in working hours to 32 hours per week, among other demands.

The rail industry has argued that such demands are unaffordable, particularly given the financial strain of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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