Rail Strike Halted Amid New Pay Offer
21 May 2015, 16:19
A planned rail strike over the Bank Holiday which would have crippled services and led to widespread travel chaos has been called off after Network Rail tabled a new pay offer.
Members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport union and Transport Salaried Staffs Association were due to walk out for 24 hours from 5pm on Monday after rejecting a proposed four-year pay deal.
The unions announced that the action was being suspended following the new offer, made during four days of talks at the conciliation service Acas.
Rail companies had already started cancelling services next week and warned passengers not to travel.
RMT general secretary Mick Cash said: "Following the Acas talks, RMT has received a revised offer that enables us to suspend the planned industrial action while we consult in full with our Network Rail representatives.''
Manuel Cortes, general secretary of the TSSA, said: "Our negotiating team at Acas has received a revised offer from Network Rail.
"As a result of this, they have suspended the planned industrial action, pending the outcome of a meeting of our workplace representatives next week.''
Lawyers for Network Rail halted plans to take legal action against the TSSA in the light of developments.
Bruce Carr QC, for Network Rail, told a judge at a High Court hearing in London that Network Rail was not proceeding with an application for an injunction.
He told Mr Justice Jay: "There has been progress.''
Here are the services train companies now hope to run following the strike suspension:
:: Virgin West Coast -The original timetabled services have been reinstated for Monday and Tuesday. Further information for passengers who have already requested refunds and made alternative travel arrangements will be released later.
:: ScotRail - Services will run as normal on Monday and Tuesday.
:: East Coast - A normal timetable will operate on Monday and Tuesday. For the Middlesbrough-Norwich City play-off final at Wembley on Monday two additional services will run - 10.20am Darlington to London King's Cross and 8.05pm King's Cross to Darlington (this service will connect with the last train to Middlesbrough).
:: Southern - A usual bank holiday service will run on Monday and a normal service on Tuesday.
:: CrossCountry - All services will run as booked on Monday and Tuesday;
:: South West Trains - The planned service will run on Monday and Tuesday.
:: First Great Western - Expects to run its full advertised timetable on Monday and Tuesday.
:: London Midland - The company will be running its planned services on all routes on both Monday and Tuesday.