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Rail workers have been striking over the past six months, however, the travel chaos may be coming to an end after RMT union members voted in favour of the latest pay offer from Network Rail. The ballot saw 12,047 members vote yes on the offer.
Only 3,709 voted no, making a majority of 76:24 in favour of ending the strike action.
RMT union remains in dispute with the 14 train operators contracted by the Department for Transport (DfT).
Last month, a “best and final offer” was shared with the union by the Rail Delivery Group (RDG), representing train operators, and signed off by ministers.
However, the union rejected the proposition, with general secretary Mick Lynch describing it as a “dreadful offer”.
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RMT union members voted in favour of the latest pay offer (Image: Getty)
The ballot saw 12,047 members vote yes on the offer (Image: Getty)
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The large majority of Network Rail staff voting to settle will now put pressure on the RMT leadership to allow members working for the 14 train operators to vote on the RDG offer.
The latest wave of national strikes began last Thursday, with walk-outs planned for Thursday March 30 and Saturday April 1.
It has been announced that signal workers and maintenance staff in the RMT voted to accept a pay and conditions offer from Network Rail and will no longer be participating in strikes, according to reporer Lewis Goodall.
Train operating company staff are still due to strike later this month.
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The latest wave of national strikes began last Thursday (Image: Getty)
According to the RMT, the new deal boasts a salary increase of 14.4 percent for the lowest paid (Image: Getty)
According to the LBC presenter, the new deal boasts a salary increase of 14.4 percent for the lowest paid and 9.2 percent for the highest.
The deal also includes total uplift on basic earnings between 15.2 percent for the lowest paid to 10.3 percent for highest paid, with all pay increased by at least £1,750 and some additional backdated pay agreed in the revised offer, after the deal was initially rejected.
It is also said to have renewed the no compulsory redundancy agreement until January 2025.
Mick Lynch said that the union had initially been told in spring last year that workers would only get a 2 percent or 3 percent pay rise.
He welcomed the new deal: “However, since then strike action and the inspiring solidarity and determination of members has secured new money and a new offer which has been clearly accepted by our members and that dispute is now over.
“Our dispute with the train operating companies remains firmly on and our members recent highly effective strike action across the 14 train companies has shown their determination to secure a better deal.
“If the Government now allows the train companies to make the right offer, we can then put that to our members, but until then the strike action scheduled for March 30 and April 1 will take place. The ball is in the Government’s court.”
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