Talks to avert new train strikes close to failure

Nationwide stage talks between the Rail Supply Group and the RMT look like on the point of failure, as one other practice strike looms subsequent Thursday.

Now, the RDG, which represents practice firms, has written to the union saying that if the newest supply isn’t put to union members in a vote, nationwide stage talks might not resume.

It says talks must be opened between the RMT and every particular person practice firm concerned.

The RMT has been contacted for remark.

The nationwide rail dispute has been at an deadlock because the RMT’s nationwide govt committee rejected “greatest and ultimate” provides from rail bosses.

The RDG will watch for the RMT’s response earlier than deciding the way to proceed.

The Rail Supply Group (RDG) and the RMT – the biggest rail union – have been negotiating for months.

Unions have been calling for an unconditional pay supply throughout talks with the RDG and Community Rail.

The RMT has beforehand mentioned it’s “centered on coming to a negotiated settlement”, and that it had carried out an “in-depth session” earlier than the choice to reject was made. In addition to an unconditional pay supply, it known as for “a job safety settlement and no detrimental modifications being imposed on members’ phrases, situations and dealing practices”.

The federal government and trade have mentioned all alongside that any pay enhance should be on situation of “reforms”.

The trade seen the demand for an “unconditional” pay supply as rejecting the premise of negotiations.

Rail staff have been supplied pay rises of 5% for 2022/23 and 4% for 2023/4, in change for modifications to working practices.

The federal government controls how a lot cash is on the desk and has to log off on what’s agreed. There was no signal it’s ready to allow additional provides to be made.

A smaller union, the TSSA, has accepted.

Community Rail boss Andrew Haines has additionally solid doubt on the prospect of negotiations resuming, expressing frustration.

He mentioned: “We’re having to take inventory as a result of three consecutive instances we’ve agreed… what we believed was an in precept take care of the negotiators, just for it to be rejected thrice by the chief committee of the RMT.”

Community Rail hopes that extra trains will be capable of run on 16 March in contrast with earlier strikes, nonetheless the service that’s on supply will nonetheless be very restricted.

Individually, the practice drivers’ union Aslef has held a collection of conferences with the RDG in current weeks, after its preliminary supply was strongly rejected. The union seen it as an opportunity to start out once more with a clean sheet.

Aslef at present has no extra strikes within the diary however additional motion is feasible with out a breakthrough.

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