RMT union members vote to accept Network Rail pay offer

Members of the RMT union have voted to simply accept a pay supply from infrastructure proprietor Community Rail, ending one a part of the disputes which have prompted sweeping disruption on UK railways since final summer season.

The union on Monday mentioned 76 per cent of members had voted to simply accept the proposal of a 9 per cent pay rise over two years, with extra for lower-paid employees, tied to vital modernisation of working practices.

The RMT vote ends the long-running industrial motion in opposition to Community Rail, and can elevate expectations of additional offers to resolve different industrial motion on the railways.

Though recent talks are anticipated this week, the union remains to be in dispute with a gaggle of prepare working firms and is because of stage two 24-hour stoppages on March 30 and April 1. In the meantime, prepare drivers stay in negotiations with prepare firms in their very own dispute over pay, with no new strikes scheduled and new talks anticipated this week.

RMT basic secretary Mick Lynch mentioned subsequent week’s motion in opposition to prepare firms remained “firmly on” however {that a} deal was doable if firms “make the appropriate supply”.

The RMT has rejected an identical two-year, 9 per cent pay supply from the Rail Supply Group, which represents prepare operators, and balked at most of the proposed reforms, which embrace the doubtless closure of many ticket workplaces.

Transport secretary Mark Harper mentioned he was “happy” by the RMT’s choice to finish strikes at Community Rail however urged the union to name off upcoming strikes at prepare operators and let members resolve, as that they had on the infrastructure proprietor.

“Whereas that is excellent news, sadly RMT members who work for prepare working firms are usually not being given the identical probability to carry their dispute to an finish,” he mentioned.

Nonetheless, the decision of at the least one dispute with the RMT, thought-about a very hardline union, is a lift to the federal government because it seeks to finish the months-long wave of strikes throughout the general public sector in England, sparked by excessive inflation.

Some well being unions final week agreed to suggest a pay supply from the federal government to their members, consisting of two per cent of wages in 2022-23, a further bonus of at the least £1,250 and a minimal 5 per cent pay rise in 2023-24.

Junior medical doctors’ leaders will on Tuesday meet well being secretary Steve Barclay to start pay talks, following an unprecedented 72-hour walkout final week. They’re pushing for a 35 per cent improve.

In the meantime, negotiations are persevering with between the federal government and schooling unions as a part of a two-week “interval of calm”, throughout which unions agreed to not announce recent strike dates.

The “intensive talks” involving schooling secretary Gillian Keegan and the Nationwide Training Union, Affiliation of College and Faculty Leaders, Nationwide Affiliation of Head Academics and NASUWT are targeted on pay and workload for lecturers. All sides declined to touch upon progress on Monday.

However the Public and Business Providers union, which has been locked in a set of long-running disputes over civil servants’ pay, pensions and job safety, is ramping up strike motion.

The PCS on Monday mentioned employees on the British Museum would stroll out for seven days over the Easter holidays, whereas staff on the British Library would strike for 14 days. Driving examiners and employees on the Nationwide Highways company can even stage additional stoppages.

Mark Serwotka, PCS basic secretary, mentioned members have been “fed up with being behind the queue” as ministers sought offers with different components of the general public sector however had held “no significant talks with us”. 

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