A breakthrough in the pay talks between the RMT, TSSA and Network Rail has led to this weekend's rail strikes being suspended.
London Overground set to be hit by strike
Transport for London is warning that some of its services will be disrupted if the threatened strike of RMT and TSSA members at Network Rail goes ahead. TfL said the effect of the threatened 24-hour walkout from 17.00 on Monday will affect its services on Monday and Tuesday and also into Wednesday morning, while more National Rail operators have announced their plans.
Train companies publish national strike plans
Train operators have started to warn passengers that their services will be very restricted at best on Monday and Tuesday next week, as the prospect of a Network Rail strike comes closer. Talks in the pay dispute between the RMT, TSSA and Network Rail are understood to be continuing at the conciliation service Acas, but there has been no sign of any breakthrough. If the strike goes ahead, on many lines there will be no service at all on Monday or Tuesday.
Peace talks restart in Network Rail dispute
The RMT is holding fresh talks with Network Rail today, in a bid to come to terms over pay before a strike begins next Monday. Network Rail has defended the proposed increases as 'fair', but the union's general secretary Mick Cash has threatened a 'rolling programme' of industrial action after he secured a vote in favour of action from his members.
RMT strike call is 'deplorable' – Network Rail
The chief executive of Network Rail has condemned a planned strike and work to rule by members of the RMT as a 'deplorable' bid to 'hold the travelling public to ransom'. The RMT has used the authority of a recent strike ballot over a pay offer to call a 24-strike starting at 17.00 on the late May Bank Holiday, which will mean that no RMT staff will book on between 17.00 on Monday and 16.59 on Tuesday. The RMT members working for Network Rail include many signallers, and although qualified Network Rail managers may be able to take over in some cases, it seems likely that the 24-hour walkout will cause widespread disruption on Tuesday 26 May. The RMT's general secretary Mick Cash said his members had been left with 'no option'.
RMT calls strike in Network Rail pay dispute
The first strike of Network Rail staff in the pay dispute between the company and the RMT will be staged from 17.00 on Bank Holiday Monday. The staff include many signallers, and although qualified Network Rail managers may be able to take over in some cases, it seems likely that the 24-hour walkout will cause widespread disruption of National Rail services on Tuesday.
Network Rail condemns RMT strike call as 'ransom' bid
The RMT union said its members have voted in favour of industrial action in a pay dispute with Network Rail. The company said it had already revised the offer once, and that it was fair 'given our financial pressures', while the newly reappointed transport secretary Patrick McLoughlin said he 'condemned' any industrial action which caused disruption to transport.