Train strikes: Firms make first offer in bid to stop Christmas strikes

The group representing train companies has made its first offer to the biggest union in the industry in a bid to stop strikes in the run-up to Christmas.

The latest round of strikes by RMT members at Network Rail and 14 train companies is due to begin in nine days.

The Rail Delivery Group said its offer includes a pay increase for staff of up to 8% over two years.

It urged the RMT to put the offer to its members to “remove the threat” of industrial action over Christmas.

In the ongoing row over pay, working conditions and job security for rail workers, industrial action is currently due to take place across four 48-hour periods on 13-14 and 16-17 December, and 3-4 and 6-7 January.

The RDG described the offer it made on Sunday is an “outline framework agreement”, which includes a package of proposed changes to current working practices like repurposing or closing ticket offices, with staff having new multiskilled roles, and Sunday working where it is not in place already.

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