RMT members accept RDG pay offer

TPE No 68029 hauls a Nova 3 set into Sheffield with 25 July 2023's 15.24 Cleethorpes-Liverpool. Philip Sherratt

RMT members at 14 English train operators have overwhelmingly voted in favour of a pay offer tabled by Rail Delivery Group.

The pay offer – thought to be around 5% and backdated to 2022 -is unconditional and guarantees no compulsory redundancies until the end of 2024. Acceptance of the offer ends the long-running disputes, and train operators will negotiate separately with the RMT over reforms to working practices from early 2024.

The union’s General Secretary, Mick Lynch, congratulated members on their ‘steadfastness’ and added: ‘We will be negotiating further with the train operators over reforms they want to see. And we will never shy away from vigorously defending our members terms and conditions, now or in the future. 

‘This campaign shows that sustained strike action and unity gets results and our members should be proud of the role they have played in securing this deal.’

Transport Secretary Mark Harper welcomed the vote, saying it was a ‘significant step’ towards resolving disputes on the railway and represented a ‘pathway’ to delivering reforms.

Industrial action by ASLEF drivers started on Avanti West Coast, c2c, Chiltern, CrossCountry, East Midlands Railway, Govia Thameslink Railway, Greater Anglia, Great Western Railway, LNER, Northern, Southeastern, South Western Railway, TransPennine Express and West Midlands Trains from 1 December, with an overtime ban until 9 December and then strikes affecting different operators on 2/3/5/6/7/8 December.

Mr Harper criticised the ASLEF action, but the union says it has not had a meeting with him since December 2022 and has not heard from train operators since April.