United Kingdom -Rail strike suspended -May 21, 2015

The offer is believed to be a two-year deal, with an absolute pay rise for all members both years, and a pledge of no compulsory redundancies.

After four days of talks at conciliation service Acas between trade union RMT and Network Rail management, the company has tabled a revised offer. The RMT Executive Committee has considered this offer and decided to suspend all industrial action which was scheduled to take place on 25 and 26 May. Earlier on the members of the trade unions RMT and TSSA balloted in favour of a walk out on 25 May in the first UK-wide rail strike in 20 years. Members also voted for a 48-hour ban on overtime. The unions had rejected a four-year deal, with a £500 lump sum per worker in 2015, followed by three years of increases matching inflation, as well as a commitment to no compulsory redundancies until December 2016. The new offer from Network Rail is believed to be a two-year deal, with an absolute pay rise for all members both years, and a pledge of no compulsory redundancies.

English: http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2015/may/21/rail-unions-call-off …    

For more information, please contact the editor Jan Cremers, Amsterdam Institute for Advanced Labour Studies (AIAS) cbn-aias@uva.nl or the communications officer at the ETUI, Mariya Nikolova mnikolova@etui.org. For previous issues of the Collective bargaining newsletter please visit http://www.etui.org/E-Newsletters/Collective-bargaining-newsletter. You may find further information on the ETUI at www.etui.org, and on the AIAS at www.uva-aias.net.


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