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British rail workers union rejects offer aimed at averting strikes

Britain’s RMT union said on Sunday that it had rejected a pay rise offer of 4% in 2022 and 2023 from train operators aimed at heading off further strike action, which has disrupted travel for millions of rail users.

December 5, 2022
5 December 2022

Dec 4 (Reuters) – Britain’s RMT union said on Sunday
that it had rejected a pay rise offer of 4% in 2022 and 2023
from train operators aimed at heading off further strike action,
which has disrupted travel for millions of rail users.

The RMT said last week that more than 40,000 railway workers
would stage strikes over December and January in a long-running
dispute over pay, signalling travel disruption before and after
the busy Christmas holiday period.

The Rail Delivery Group, which represents train operators,
had earlier offered the National Union of Rail, Maritime and
Transport Workers a pay rise of 8% over two years with a
guarantee of no compulsory redundancies to April 2024.

“We have rejected this offer as it does not meet any of our
criteria for securing a settlement on long term job security, a
decent pay rise and protecting working conditions,” RMT General
Secretary Mick Lynch said in a statement.

Rail workers in Britain have staged several strikes this
year, including the country’s biggest strike in decades during
the summer, pressing demands for better pay during a
cost-of-living crisis.

The British Beer and Pub Association (BBPA) has said the
week of the strikes planned for December is usually the year’s
busiest for the pub industry.
(Reporting by Kanjyik Ghosh in Bengaluru; Editing by Alexander
Smith)

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