East Midlands Trains staff suspend strike action to co...

East Midlands Trains staff suspend strike action to consider new offer

27 September 2014

Unite, the UK's largest union, has called off next week's strike action, which was due to start tomorrow (Sunday 28 September), by nearly 200 engineering and maintenance staff at East Midland Trains to allow members to vote on a revised deal.
Talks between Unite and East Midlands Trains, which took place yesterday (26 September), ended with the company taking a step in the right direction by offering an improved package on pay, holidays, sick pay and apprentices' pay.
An overtime ban, which has been in place since July, will also be suspended while members consider the offer. Members will be balloted on the revised offer from Monday 29 September with the results expected to be announced after 13:00 on Friday 3 October.
Unite welcomes East Midlands Trains' commitment to continue to work closely with the union in the weeks and months ahead.
Commenting after talks Unite regional officer Kevin Hepworth said: "Strike action has been averted and our members now have the chance to decide whether or not to accept the company's pay offer.
"East Midlands Trains has taken a step in the right direction by offering a package covering pay, holidays, sick pay and year 3 apprentices' pay. Although outstanding issues remain we hope these will be settled in the months ahead.
"It is always disappointing when negotiations break down and workers are left with no option but to take action. We now look forward to building on yesterday's talks with the company."
For further information please contact, Unite campaigns officer, Chantal Chegrinec on 07774 146777
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