Rail companies and unions edged closer towards a deal yesterday with bosses at Network Rail hinting that they had put together a package that met one of the RMT’s key demands to end strike action.
The state-owned company had previously refused to rule out compulsory redundancies as part of efficiency savings that it was demanding in return for an improved pay offer.
“We think we’ve got a package of no compulsory redundancies and some other long sought-after things that the union and our employees have been after,” he told the BBC. “We want to move forward with that package but we can only do that once we are clear that the productivity [gains] to pay for it are in place. At the moment the union is refusing to agree with that.”
Yesterday 40,000 members of the union walked out for a second day of nationwide action, shutting much of the … Read more