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Union settles Network Rail dispute

Union leaders have withdrawn the threat of industrial action and agreed to end a long-running dispute involving thousands of Network Rail workers after reaching a deal on jobs and pay.

The agreement, which includes a guarantee of no compulsory redundancies, will be recommended to members of the Rail Maritime and Transport union (RMT).

It said the deal was worth around around 7% between now and December 2011, plus a £2,000 lump sum in time for Christmas.

A Network Rail spokesman said: “This is good news and a positive vote will allow us to make the changes needed to secure the future of all our people in the new maintenance organisation.”

RMT general secretary Bob Crow said: “At a time when the doom and gloom merchants are telling working people that they must accept pay freezes, job cuts and a grim Christmas and New Year, our Network Rail maintenance members have shown that if you stand together in a strong trade union you can win.

“We are sending out the clearest possible signal that the only defence that the working class have in the current climate is an organised, determined and fighting union.

“The package our negotiators have secured on the back of a solid mandate for strike action from our members is a testament to the results that can be achieved by trade unionists who refuse to accept that they should take the hit for the bankers crisis.”

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  • CHARLES ROBERTS

    What has this news got to do with the magazine of a professional engineering institution?

    Are we to assume that the 7% increase in pay by December 2011 and a £2,000 lump sum will be paid to ICE members who are employed by Network Rail?

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