RMT rejects revised offer from Network Rail
The Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers (RMT) union has called two rail strikes in early June after rejecting a revised pay offer from Network Rail.
The union had planned a walkout for 24 hours from 17.00 on Monday 25 May, but Network Rail put forward a revised proposal which led the union to postpone the strike while it took time to consider the offer with its members. It has now rejected this offer and called two walkouts – for 24 hours from 17.00 on Thursday 4 June, followed by a 48-hour strike from 17.00 on Tuesday 9 June. Workers will also take action short of a strike from midnight on Saturday 6 June for a period of seven days by not working overtime, additional hours or extended shifts or undertaking call-outs.
NR had originally offered no pay rise in 2015 with a one-off bonus payment instead, followed by increases in line with retail price inflation for the following three years. The RMT has described the latest offer of a 1% rise for 2015 (with a minimum of £250), followed by a 1.4% increase in 2016 (plus up to a further 0.7% subject to agreement on productivity measures) as ‘paltry in comparison to the real rate of inflation’, saying that the proposals fall ‘well short of what is required to maintain the living standards and the working conditions for nearly 16,000 staff across NR’s operations and maintenance divisions’.
The Transport Salaried Staff’s Association (TSSA) also called off industrial action planned for 25 and 26 May, but has not made any further announcements about the revised pay offer. Around 3,000 Network Rail staff are members of the TSSA.