Connect with us

Hi, what are you looking for?

Editor’s Pick

Talks to avert new train strikes close to failure

<?xml encoding=”utf-8″ ??>

National level talks between the Rail Delivery Group and the RMT appear to be on the brink of failure, as another train strike looms next Thursday.

Now, the RDG, which represents train companies, has written to the union saying that if the latest offer is not put to union members in a vote, national level talks may not resume.

It says talks would have to be opened between the RMT and each individual train company involved.

The RMT has been contacted for comment.

The national rail dispute has been at an impasse since the RMT’s national executive committee rejected “best and final” offers from rail bosses.

The RDG will wait for the RMT’s response before deciding how to proceed.

The Rail Delivery Group (RDG) and the RMT – the largest rail union – have been negotiating for months.

Unions have been calling for an unconditional pay offer during talks with the RDG and Network Rail.

The RMT has previously said it is “focused on coming to a negotiated settlement”, and that it had carried out an “in-depth consultation” before the decision to reject was made. As well as an unconditional pay offer, it called for “a job security agreement and no detrimental changes being imposed on members’ terms, conditions and working practices”.

The government and industry have said all along that any pay increase must be on condition of “reforms”.

The industry viewed the demand for an “unconditional” pay offer as rejecting the premise of negotiations.

Rail workers have been offered pay rises of 5% for 2022/23 and 4% for 2023/4, in exchange for changes to working practices.

The government controls how much money is on the table and has to sign off on what is agreed. There has been no sign it is prepared to enable further offers to be made.

A smaller union, the TSSA, has accepted.

Network Rail boss Andrew Haines has also cast doubt on the prospect of negotiations resuming, expressing frustration.

He said: “We are having to take stock because three consecutive times we’ve agreed… what we believed was an in principle deal with the negotiators, only for it to be rejected three times by the executive committee of the RMT.”

Network Rail hopes that more trains will be able to run on 16 March compared with previous strikes, however the service that is on offer will still be very limited.

Separately, the train drivers’ union Aslef has held a series of meetings with the RDG in recent weeks, after its initial offer was strongly rejected. The union viewed it as a chance to start again with a blank sheet.

Aslef currently has no more strikes in the diary but further action is possible without a breakthrough.

Your information is secure and your privacy is protected. By opting in you agree to receive emails from us. Remember that you can opt-out any time, we hate spam too!



The Independent Electricity Market Operator of the Philippines (IEMOP) is holding a big conference, the Philippine Electric Power Industry Forum (PEPIF) 2023, with the...


TIM MOSSHOLDER-UNSPLASH TECHNOLOGY is moving at lightning speed. In my lifetime alone, the world as we know it has orbited into a completely different...


A man wearing a protective mask is reflected on an electronic board displaying various companies’ stock prices outside a brokerage in Tokyo, Japan, Feb....


KREMLIN.RU/EVENTS/PRESIDENT/NEWS/60363/PHOTOS-COMMONS.WIKIMEDIA.ORG SEOUL — North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has overseen drills simulating a nuclear counterattack against the US and South Korea in a...


RAGHAVENDRA V KONKATHI-UNSPLASH LONDON — Some of the world’s leading makers of flu vaccines say they could make hundreds of millions of bird flu...


BW FILE PHOTO Productivity and customer experience management tools are the most sought-after tools among companies in the Philippines, with businesses of all sizes...

You May Also Like


COVID-19 has had a significant impact on the mental health of Filipinos across different groups all over the archipelago. From frontline workers, parents balancing...


REUTERS By Luz Wendy T. Noble, Reporter The country’s foreign exchange buffers slightly increased as of end-October as the value of the central bank’s...


BW FILE PHOTO GROSS BORROWINGS by the National Government reached P2.6 trillion as of end-September as it continued to raise funds to respond to...


KARASOLAR.COM TENA, Ecuador — Ecuador’s rainforest Achuar people say their ancestors long dreamed of a “fire canoe” or “electric fish” that would let them...

Disclaimer: Respect, its managers, its employees, and assigns (collectively "The Company") do not make any guarantee or warranty about what is advertised above. Information provided by this website is for research purposes only and should not be considered as personalized financial advice. The Company is not affiliated with, nor does it receive compensation from, any specific security. The Company is not registered or licensed by any governing body in any jurisdiction to give investing advice or provide investment recommendation. Any investments recommended here should be taken into consideration only after consulting with your investment advisor and after reviewing the prospectus or financial statements of the company.

Copyright © 2022 Respect Investment. All Rights Reserved.