Union halts planned action after employer offers improved pay deal

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Strike action by RMT members on the Tyne and Wear Metro scheduled for next Thursday, June 21, has been suspended after operating company DB Regio tabled an improved pay offer.

A strike on June 7 – alongside Churchill cleaners striking in a separate pay and victimisation dispute – brought the network to a standstill, after RMT members voted overwhelmingly for action against a payoffer that would have delivered perpetual pay cuts.

RMT general secretary Bob Crow said: “Late yesterday DB Regio tabled an improved offer that represents a substantial shift in the company’s position, and as a result the RMT executive has suspended next Thursday’s action in order that our members can consider it.

“Our members are to be congratulated for the rock-solid action they took last week, which gave our talks team the leverage needed to deliver movement from the company.”


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