Rail union the RMT has cancelled three days of planned strike action and is entering into “intensive negotiations” with Network Rail and the train operating companies.
Railway workers across the UK had been set to strike on Saturday – clashing with Bonfire Night festivities – as well as November 7 and 9, as part of an ongoing dispute over pay, job security and working conditions.
The pause is temporary, however, as the union has confirmed it will continue its re-ballot of members to ask them if they wish to participate in further strike action, with the result due on November 15.
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Mick Lynch, RMT’s general secretary said: “The threat of strike action and our strongly supported industrial campaign has made the rail employers see sense.”
“We have always wanted to secure a negotiated settlement and that is what we will continue to push for in this next phase of intensive talks.