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PRESS RELEASE : Network Rail RMT Members Vote 64% to 36% to Continue Strike [December 2022]

The press release issued by the RMT on 12 December 2022.

Network Rail members emphatically reject company offer

RMT members from Network Rail have voted overwhelmingly to reject the latest offer from company bosses.
It means that all strike action this week, from 6pm Christmas Eve until 6am on December 27 and into the new year, remains on for both Network Rail and the 14 train operating companies under the DfT mandate.
63.6% voted to reject the Network Rail offer on an 83% turnout.
The Network Rail offer included a 5pc and 4pc pay rise over a two-year period with thousands of job losses, 50pc cut in scheduled maintenance tasks and a 30pc increase in unsocial hours.
Bosses at Network Rail have also said they will try and impose these detrimental changes from December 15.
RMT General Secretary Mick Lynch said: “This is a huge rejection of Network Rail’s substandard offer and shows that our members are determined to take further strike action in pursuit of a negotiated settlement.
“The government is refusing to lift a finger to prevent these strikes and it is clear they want to make effective strike action illegal in Britain.
“We will resist that and our members, along with the entire trade union movement will continue their campaign for a square deal for workers, decent pay increases and good working conditions.”