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RMT wins major pay-rise for Network Rail workers

Disputes with train operating companies continue, but RMT solidarity brings big win while managements of some other unions undermine their members

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Mick Lynch’s RMT union has won a major victory – and a significant pay-rise – for members working in Network Rail.

76% of members on a 90% turnout voted to accept an improved offer from Network Rail involving a total uplift ranging from 15.2% for lower-paid grades and 10.3% for the highest – along with a 2-year guarantee of no compulsory redundancies.

The victory comes as RMT continues to stand firm across the industry while many other unions have been accused of betraying and even trying to con their members into accepting derisory offers weighed down with strings attached – elected members in the UCU have just defeated one such attempt to force them to throw in the towel – and is a tribute to the resoluteness and solidarity the RMT has shown.

Congratulations are well deserved. The RMT’s fight continues across the private train operating companies and is all the more essential for the movement in the face what is alleged to be a Starmer-engineered surrender among the management of some other public sector unions.

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