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Rail union RMT agrees to halt strikes until next spring

Published Nov 30, 2023 13:17 Updated Nov 30, 2023 13:40
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Proactive Investors - One of the unions involved in the long-running rail dispute has agreed to accept an offer from the train operators ruling it out of further strikes until the spring of next year.

Members of the RMT, which includes guards and signallers, will receive a 5% pay rise backdated until 2022-23 alongside job guarantees.

Train drivers union Aslef, however, is still going ahead with its next round of industrial action that starts on 2 December and comprises seven days of rolling strikes and overtime bans ending on 9 December.

"Our members have spoken in huge numbers to accept this offer and I want to congratulate them on their steadfastness in this long industrial campaign," said Mick Lynch, RMT union's general secretary.

Lynch added that a pay deal for 2024 has yet to be agreed with operators' body the Rail Delivery Group pushing for this to include changes to working practices.

The RDG wi welcomed the RMT decision while calling on Aslef to end its planned action.

Transport Secretary Mark Harper said: "This is welcome news for passengers and a significant step towards resolving industrial disputes on the railway, giving workers a pay rise before Christmas and a pathway to delivering long overdue reforms.

Hospitality groups have warned that the planned driver strikes would be a huge blow to the sector as they coincide with one of the peak work Christmas party weeks..

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