Rail protests scheduled for March and April are postponed

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Rail protests scheduled for March and April are postponed

  • News by AUN News correspondent
  • Wednesday, March 22, 2023
  • AUN News – ISSN: 2949-8090

Summary:

  • Rail strikes scheduled for March and April have been cancelled.

  • On March 30 and April 1, RMT union members, including train guards who work for 14 train companies, were scheduled to strike.

  • “It happened after Network Rail’s RMT employees agreed to accept a salary settlement.

  • Network Rail staff overwhelmingly voted to accept a similar wage offer earlier this week.

  • On March 18, workers from 14 train operators went on strike during the most recent rail strike.

Rail strikes scheduled for March and April have been cancelled.

On March 30 and April 1, RMT union members, including train guards who work for 14 train companies, were scheduled to strike.

Train company representatives, the Rail Delivery Group (RDG), stated they were now concentrating on “working constructively towards a settlement to this conflict.”

It happened after Network Rail’s RMT employees agreed to accept a salary settlement.

The RDG hailed the union leaders of the RMT for their “positive step” in cancelling the proposed action.

“We are now jointly focused on working constructively towards a conclusion to this dispute, which will mean we can do what we have always intended to do—give our staff a pay boost and help safeguard the long-term future of the railway,” an RDG spokeswoman said.

RMT employees at Network Rail approve a wage agreement
The RDG’s proposal, according to the RMT, the largest train union in the nation, might end the ongoing national rail dispute.

  • The RDG hasn’t yet presented a new or revised offer.

To get a new offer on wages, job security, and working conditions, the RMT stated that the two sides would now engage in additional negotiations.

The RMT made it plain that there was still a disagreement between the train companies and the union members.

It declared it would keep working on getting ready to re-ballot members when their terms expire in mid-May.

A representative for the Department of Transport said the “good move” brought the dispute’s resolution closer for both parties.

The spokesperson continued, “We’re asking the RMT executive to do the right thing and put this fair and reasonable offer to its members, giving them the pay boost they deserve and helping us end this conflict. Network Rail staff overwhelmingly voted to accept a similar wage offer earlier this week.

On March 18, workers from 14 train operators went on strike during the most recent rail strike. As a result, just 40–50% of trains were running, and travellers complained about the delays in their journeys on social media.

Since June of last year, several walkouts have been caused by the ongoing dispute between rail management and workers.

The UK has experienced strikes over the past year in various industries, with workers primarily upset about their pay because it has not increased in step with inflation. The pace of price growth, or inflation, is at its highest point in almost 40 years.

Teachers, nurses, junior physicians, and city officials have all gone on strike.

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