Network Rail workers will go on strike in June because they rejected another pay offer. Rail, Maritime and Transport (RMT) union members will hold a 24-hour strike from 17:00 BST on the 4th June. In addition to this, they will also take a 48-hour strike from 17:00 on the 9th June.
Staff were originally going to strike last weekend over the bank holiday but called it off because Network Rail offered them a new deal. Union representatives met on Thursday to discuss this offer but decided to reject it and from this, the new strikes were announced.
The RMT’s 16,000 members at Network Rail work across the company’s operations and maintenance and so the strike will have a big impact on rail passengers’ journey. The earlier offer from the rail company was a four-year deal of a single £500 payment along with three years of rises in line with RPI inflation.
The new offer would last over two years and workers would receive a 1% rise this year and a rise of around 1.4% the next year. Not only that but there would be no compulsory redundancies for the duration of the agreement.
Each day of the strike, Network Rail will have to pay compensation of £30 million to train companies, the RMT claimed. However, the Transport Salaried Staffs Association (TSSA) is to ballot its 3,000 members at Network Rail on the new offer. TSSA also suspended the strike planned for the bank holiday weekend.