Thursday, 14 December 2017

Bank holiday rail strike called off

A STRIKE that was supposed to take place on the national railway network after the bank holiday weekend was called off this afternoon (Thursday).

A STRIKE that was supposed to take place on the national railway network after the bank holiday weekend was called off this afternoon (Thursday).

Members of the RMT and TSSA trade unions have suspended the planned action after receiving a new pay offer from Network Rail.

The two unions were due to walk out for 24 hours from 5pm on Monday May 25.

Services were expected to operate at a reduced frequency between 7.30am and 6.30pm with trains running hourly on the Henley to Twyford line and every 30 minutes on the line between Reading and London Paddington, stopping a Twyford.

Manuel Cortes, general secretary of the TSSA rail union said in a statement: "Our negotiating team at ACAS has received a revised offer from Network Rail.

"As a result of this, they have suspended the planned industrial action, pending the outcome of a meeting of our workplace representatives next week."

TSSA had previously voted in favour of strike action on May 15 claiming that its members were angry over a four year pay off issued by Network Rail.

National Rail had been due to mount a legal challenge in the High Court on Thursday against the TSSA's strike ballot.

Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin said: "I welcome the decision of the TSSA union to suspend their part in the threatened strike action next week and hope that a resolution between RMT and Network Rail can also be achieved."

A Network Rail spokesman said: "The TSSA has announced it is suspending its planned industrial action planned for next week. We welcome this news and the constructive discussions that we've been having since Monday with all our trade unions to avert a strike and reach an amicable solution."

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