A breakthrough has been announced in the long-running dispute involving railway workers over pay and jobs.
After talks between the Rail Delivery Group (RDG) and the Rail, Maritime and Transport (RMT) union, a so-called memorandum of understanding (MOU) has been developed and sets out a process for a mutually agreed way forward.
That will include a backdated 2022 pay rise for staff and job security guarantees, the RMT said.
This is a welcome development and our members will now decide in an e-referendum whether they want to accept this new offer from the RDG
RMT members in each of the train operating companies involved in the row will now vote on the suggested agreement.
If accepted, the MOU will terminate the national dispute mandate, creating a pause and respite from industrial action over the Christmas period and into next spring, allowing for negotiations on proposed reforms to take place at local train operating company level, the union said.
RMT general secretary Mick Lynch said: “This is a welcome development and our members will now decide in an e-referendum whether they want to accept this new offer from the RDG.”