A dispute between Tyne and Wear Metro train maintenance workers and their employer, Stadler, has ended following a pay offer from the company, Unite, the UK’s leading union, said today (Wednesday 14 July). 

Strikes scheduled with the RMT union (who also have members at the company) at the beginning of July in response to a pay freeze were called off to allow the offer to be put to around 30 Unite members employed by Stadler.

The workers voted in favour of the deal, which includes a £750 tax-free payment for staff to transfer from weekly to monthly wages and a guaranteed pay increase for 2022.

In October 2020, Stadler won a £300 million contract to build 42 new Metro trains, rebuild the Gosforth depot and maintain the Nexus Tyne and Wear train stock for 35 years. 

Unite regional coordinating officer Suzanne Reid said: “This pay victory is a result of our members’ rock-solid collective action. Without strong union organisation in a workplace, results like this are simply not possible, which is why it pays to join Unite. 

“All industrial action has been called off as the pay offer has been accepted. Unite looks forward to working productively with Stadler now that this dispute has ended.”


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Unite is Britain and Ireland’s largest union with members working across all sectors of the economy. The general secretary is Len McCluskey.