Strikes by RMT members on 14 train operators planned for 30 March and 1 April has been postponed following talks with the Rail Delivery Group.
The union says a proposal was ‘tabled’ by the RDG which could lead to a resolution to resolve the national rail dispute via a new offer. The RMT has previously settled with ScotRail and TfW Rail, meaning the dispute only affects operators controlled by the Department for Transport.
More talks will take place, but the union warns that the dispute is still live and that preparations for a re-ballot for strike action when the current mandates expire in mid-May are under way.
In response, the Rail Delivery Group said: ‘We are now jointly focused on working constructively towards a settlement to this dispute, which will mean we can do what we have always wanted to do – give our people a pay rise and help secure the long-term future of the railway with rewarding careers for all those who work on it.’
The Department for Transport, meanwhile, called on the RMT to put the offer to its members.