Rail strikes in question after new offer

Summer
rail strikes could still be averted after Network Rail made a revised offer on
pensions, travel facilities and pay during renewed talks with RMT union
negotiators.

More
than 7,000 signal workers and maintenance staff were set to be involved in the
worst industrial unrest on the railways for a decade after they rejected a 3
per cent pay offer, and opposed plans to end final salary pensions for new
employees.

RMT
general secretary Bob Crow said that once the union received the new offer in
writing, the RMT executive would consider it in consultation with workplace
representatives.

"Meanwhile,
RMT and the company have agreed that the 28-day deadline on industrial action,
which is due to expire on 13 June, should be extended to 11 July,” he said.

By Michael Millar

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