Network Rail makes revised offer to RMT in effort to end dispute

Union says it will consider details of offer after series of strikes over pay, jobs and working conditions

Network Rail has made a “newly revised” offer to Britain’s biggest rail workers’ union in an attempt to break the deadlock over a long-running dispute about pay, jobs and conditions.

Network Rail, which is responsible for track, signalling and other rail infrastructure in England, Scotland and Wales, said it had added some fresh proposals in the revised offer to the Rail, Maritime and Transport union (RMT).

The union, which represents signallers, maintenance staff and other Network Rail workers, said its executive would consider the details of the offer.

An RMT spokesperson added: “We will now consult members through branch and regional meetings. An update on our next steps will be forthcoming in due course.”

Tim Shoveller, the chief negotiator for Network Rail, said in a message to staff that the company was continuing with its plans for modernising maintenance, adding: “We must press on with this regardless of the pay dispute. We believe it will help to create a safer, better railway and jobs. Local consultation is under way and is providing the local level detail people want.

“We want to introduce a standard 35-hour working week for everyone. We’re now committing to work with the unions to review contracts above a 35-hour week so we can agree a way forward.”

“We’ll introduce a better long-service award framework for general grades, which will be backdated to 2022. We’ll improve carers’ leave. If you are a registered carer, you will be able to transfer five days paid volunteering leave to five days paid carers’ leave.”

Network Rail said updated elements of the offer included an increase in London allowances for those who are on or move on to different contracts.

It said it was offering a minimum uplift of a consolidated £1,750, or a 5% increase (whichever is greater) up to a maximum of £3,500, to the annual base rates of pay backdated to 1 January 2022, and a 4% increase to the annual base rates of pay effective from January 2023.

Over the two years, this adds up to an increase of between 9.2% to 14.4%, more for those on the lowest salaries, said Network Rail.

There was also a commitment to no compulsory redundancies until January 2025, a 75% leisure travel discount for employees and their families, a 75% price reduction on employees’ season tickets and an opportunity to sell 10 days of leave if any is carried over from 2022.

Apprentices will see a “big increase” to their pay, backdated to April 2022, Network Rail added.

The RMT has held a series of strikes over the past few months in its dispute with Network Rail, a row that is separate to the one with train operators.

The union’s dispute with Network Rail is separate to the train drivers’ row with rail operators, which led to a strike on Wednesday.

Staff and agency

The GuardianTramp

Related Content

Article image
RMT members to vote on new Network Rail pay offer
Union calls off planned 24-hour rail strike to consult members amid fresh hopes of an end to industrial action

Gwyn Topham Transport correspondent

08, Mar, 2023 @2:25 PM

Article image
Rail strikes: train drivers’ union Aslef dismisses reported 3% pay offer
Union leader Mick Whelan brands reported £2,000 rise just before latest 24-hour strike as ‘tokenism’

Gwyn Topham and Jessica Elgot

04, Jan, 2023 @3:11 PM

Article image
Rail strike talks have yet to tackle pay, RMT’s Mick Lynch says
Hopes of breakthrough fade as MPs question union leader and Network Rail negotiator over talks progress

Gwyn Topham Transport correspondent

12, Oct, 2022 @1:04 PM

Article image
Rail industry and RMT resume talks amid hopes of end to strikes
But drivers’ union Aslef set to reject initial pay offer from train operators, meaning resolution is some way off

Gwyn Topham Transport correspondent

16, Jan, 2023 @5:49 PM

Article image
Christmas rail strikes still on, says Mick Lynch after meeting minister
‘Until we get tangible outcome, action will be on,’ says RMT leader after talks with transport secretary

Gwyn Topham

24, Nov, 2022 @4:30 PM

Article image
‘No real hope’ of avoiding biggest rail strike in 30 years, says Network Rail
Passengers across Great Britain told not to attempt to travel on 21, 23 and 25 June unless necessary

Gwyn Topham Transport correspondent

15, Jun, 2022 @2:57 PM

Article image
UK rail strikes: unions agree to work with operators towards revised pay offer
RMT and TSSA meet Rail Delivery Group in effort to break deadlock over jobs and conditions

Joe Middleton and agency

12, Jan, 2023 @5:31 PM

Article image
Great Britain faces biggest rail strike in 30 years
Disruption to start on Monday evening before RMT action begins in much of northern and south-west England, Wales and Scotland

Gwyn Topham Transport correspondent

20, Jun, 2022 @6:09 AM

Article image
UK rail strikes – the truth behind the claims and counter-claims
From accusations of ‘RMT intransigence’ to ‘government meddling’ behind the scenes, we check the facts

Gwyn Topham Transport correspondent

21, Jun, 2022 @5:34 PM

Article image
UK ministers ‘losing argument’ over rail strikes, says Mick Lynch
RMT leader says public support for unions has ‘taken a dent’ but is still high despite travel disruption

Gwyn Topham Transport correspondent

06, Jan, 2023 @3:36 PM