London Overground strikes called off as workers accept pay rise

Image above: London Overground train

Strike action was due to take place on Monday 4 and Tuesday 5 March

Planned strike action affecting London Overground services next week has been called off. A dispute over pay has been going on between Arriva Rail London, which has the London Overground contract, and workers who are members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers (RMT).

The RMT said in a statement:

“RMT have won a pay rise for London Overground staff working for Arriva Rail London. Workers overwhelmingly voted in favour of accepting the latest offer in an e-referendum.  It means the dispute is now settled and all planned strike action has been cancelled.”

A TfL spokesperson said: “We are pleased industrial action planned for Monday 4 and Tuesday 5 March has been suspended by the RMT.”

The new pay rise details released by the RMT are:

2023 – 6.5% uplift on all pay and allowances or a minimum payment of £2,000 for anyone with a salary of under £30,000.

2024 – An uplift on all pay and allowances of February RPI 2024 or a minimum payment of £1,750 for anyone with a salary of under £32,000.

2025 – An uplift on all pay and allowances of February RPI 2025 or a minimum payment for anyone earning less than £33,750, which will be negotiated in February 2025 as inflation forecasts become more accurate. All payments are backdated to the relevant pay anniversary.

Image ab0ve: Mick Lynch

Mick Lynch congratulates members for “showing such tremendous resolve.”

RMT General Secretary Mick Lynch said: “I congratulate our London Overground members for showing such tremendous resolve in this dispute. Strong organisation and the threat of strike action has once again yielded results.”

Steve Best, managing director at Arriva Rail London, said:

“We’re delighted that we have been able to reach an agreement with the RMT union and industrial action planned for next week has been suspended as a result.

“This is a fair pay award which ensures long-term job security for our employees and a sustainable future for the railway. We are also pleased that London Overground customers will no longer face disrupted services next week.”