Rail freight stoppage halted as RMT strikes a deal

RMT union has suspended strike action by the Rail Freight Operator EWS after
the company increased its pay and conditions offer.

improved offer – which includes a two-stage cut in working hours from 37 to 35
hours a week by April 2004 – was made after union members voted five-to-one in
favour of strike action.

RMT executive committee has recommended that members accept the improved offer,
which delivers a 3.7 per cent pay increase from January this year, and a
further 3 per cent, or inflation plus 0.5 per cent – whichever is greater –
from April 2004.

package also includes a welfare scheme for employees affected by long-term

huge majority in favour of industrial action demonstrated to the company just
how angry and determined our members were to win a reasonable settlement,” said
RMT general secretary Bob Crow.

By Paul Nelson

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