The planned rail strikes in June have been suspended due to talks over another pay deal, the arbitration service Acas has said.
Network Rail workers from the RMT union were expected to take a 24-hour strike on Thursday at 17:00 BST along with a 48-hour walk out next week. The RMT has a total of 16,000 members at Network Rail in operations and maintenance.
Acas stated that the four days of talks helped to convey revised proposals for the RMT and other unions to consider. Mick Cash, who is the RMT general secretary, said that the union would consult on the details involving the revised package. People who are members of the TSSA and Unite unions will also be consulted.
The strike was previously going to be held over the May bank holiday but was suspended by the RMT and TSSA because Network Rail changed their offer. As recent events show, the members did not accept the offer.
The past two deals failed to meet the expectations of workers, with the original offer including a four-year deal of a single payment of £500 along with three years of rises in line with RPI inflation. The revised offer was over the course of two years, involving a 1% rise this year and a rise of around 1.4% next year. This deal also stated that there would be no compulsory redundancies for the duration of the agreement.