Bank holiday rail strike CANCELLED
PUBLISHED: 14:56 21 May 2015 | UPDATED: 19:55 21 May 2015
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Good news for rail travellers - the bank holiday train strike that was set to bring London to a ‘standstill’ has been called off, it has just been announced.
The TSSA and RMT unions were planning a 24-hour industrial action from 5pm on Monday May 25 after a dispute with Network Rail.
However, they have been in talks with the rail operator and it has just been announced that both unions have suspended the planned strike after Network Rail tabled a new pay offer.
Leaders of the RMT and TSSA will now consult with members over the new offer, made after the rejection of a proposed four-year pay deal.
Rail companies had started cancelling services next week and warned passengers not to travel, but they quickly reversed their advice after the breakthrough.
However, a large amount of engineering work has been planned for the holiday weekend which will have an impact on certain routes. You can find details of these changes here.
RMT general secretary Mick Cash said: “Following the Acas talks, RMT has received a revised offer that enables us to suspend the planned industrial action while we consult in full with our Network Rail representatives.”
Manuel Cortes, general secretary of the TSSA, said: “Our negotiating team at Acas has received a revised offer from Network Rail.
“As a result of this, they have suspended the planned industrial action, pending the outcome of a meeting of our workplace representatives next week.”
Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin said: “I am very pleased that the unions have made a decision to suspend their planned action.
“Passengers right across the country will welcome this news and the knowledge that the extensive disruption threatening the Bank Holiday and the return to work on Tuesday has been averted.”