Secretary of State for Transport Patrick McLoughlin has condemned new plans for Rail, Maritime and Transport (RMT) union rail strikes as totally unreasonable.
Patrick McLoughlin said:
Millions of hardworking people will be disrupted by this unnecessary and unreasonable strike action. I condemn it wholeheartedly and urge the union to reconsider.
Over the past 4 years Network Rail staff have enjoyed pay rises 8 times higher than other public sector workers. By any measure RMT members already get a fair deal.
It is very disappointing that RMT has now rejected a deal delivered through Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service (ACAS) talks that the union’s leadership agreed was a reasonable offer.
The government will do everything it can to help keep people and goods moving during the strike.
The offer that has been rejected:
- 2015: 1.0% increase, consolidated, with minimum £250
- 2016: 1.4% increase, consolidated, plus up to a further 0.7% available subject to agreement on productivity measures
- guarantee of no compulsory redundancies for the 2 year period