RMT rejects latest pay offer with strike action likely to continue


MT has rejected the latest offers from both Network Rail and the train operating companies – meaning industrial action is likely to continue in the ongoing dispute.

The union said it was rejecting the offers because “they do not meet members expectations on pay, job security or working conditions”.

It is calling for an unconditional pay offer, a job security agreement and “no detrimental changes being imposed on members terms, conditions and working practices”.

RMT general secretary Mick Lynch said: “We have carried out an in-depth consultation of our 40,000 members and the message we have received loud and clear is to reject these dreadful offers.

“Our members cannot accept the ripping up of their terms and conditions or to have safety standards on the railway put into jeopardy under the guise of so-called modernisation.”

The union said it believes Network Rail’s plans for maintenance were unsafe, unhealthy for staff and unworkable which is rejected by Network Rail.

The RMT says it is seeking further meetings to try and reach a negoiated settlement, but will start preparing to re-ballot members when its existing strike mandate expires in late May.

Both Network Rail and the Rail Delivery Group, which represents train operating companies, have offered a pay deal worth 9% over two years.

The Standard has contacted the Rail Delivery Group and Network Rail for comment.

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