Image above: Tube station closed during strike
RMT workers accept pay deal to end 18 month row
Rail workers have voted to accept a pay deal, ending their long-running series of strikes over pay, job security and conditions. Members of the RMT (National Union of Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers) union have agreed to an offer from 14 train companies, which includes a backdated pay rise of 5% for 2022-23 as well as job security guarantees.
Members will no longer be involved in the planned industrial action in the run up to Christmas and New Year, ending the 18-month dispute.
General Secretary of the RMT Mick Lynch said:
“Our members have spoken in huge numbers to accept this unconditional pay offer and no compulsory redundancies until the end of 2024.
“I want to congratulate them on their steadfastness in this long industrial campaign.
“We will be negotiating further with the train operators over reforms they want to see. And we will never shy away from vigorously defending our members’ terms and conditions, now or in the future.”
Aslef strikes 2 – 8 December
Train drivers represented by the union Aslef are still planning to strike. Aslef members are to take part in a “rolling programme” of walkouts between 2 and 8 December, with different train companies affected on each day.
Strikes by both RMT and Aslef members have resulted in train services being cancelled and disrupted during the disputes so far.
“This campaign shows that sustained strike action and unity gets results and our members should be proud of the role they have played in securing this deal” said Mick Lynch.
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