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05.06.15

RMT to discuss revised Network Rail pay offer with reps today

The RMT’s General Grade Committee is to meet with member representatives today to discuss Network Rail’s revised pay offer, which earlier this week averted the industrial action that had been planned for yesterday and next week

In a letter sent to union members, RMT general secretary Mick Cash said the union is “to seek the views of your representatives before making a decision on the next steps to take. 

“I will write to you again following Friday’s meeting with your representatives.” 

The new offer includes a 2% increase in pay this year, backdated to 1 January 2015, with pay increasing in line with RPI inflation in 2016. Network Rail has also agreed there will be no compulsory redundancies until 2017 and that it will consult with unions on a job security package. 

This improves on the previous offer, made to avert the strike planned for 25 May, which included a 1% rise for 2015 and a 1.4% increase in 2016. Network Rail also offered the unions an extra 0.7% from 2016 if they could come to an agreement with the unions on ‘Smarter Better Working’. 

Cash also added that RMT “have agreed a 28 day extension to the ballot mandate which means our ballot remains ‘live’ until 6 July should it be necessary to put action back on”. 

(Image: c. Nick Ansell PA)

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