Strike action planned for the Manchester Metrolink tram system, which would have resulted in severe disruption to travel throughout Greater Manchester, has been called off, as a result of members of Unite the UK’s leading union, accepting a vastly improved pay offer.

 

Two year deal

 

The 300-plus workers, who comprise tram drivers and supervisors, have accepted a two year pay deal which is worth three per cent backdated to January 2021 and a further three per cent or the RPI inflation rate, whichever is the higher, from January 2022.

 

Resounding victory

 

Unite general secretary Sharon Graham said: “Unite’s members at Metrolink have secured a resounding victory in their fight for a decent pay rise. Metrolink’s management have been forced to think again and have revised their original derisory pay offer.

 

“This demonstrates that when union members unite and fight for a better deal they can win. It is yet another example of how Unite is entirely dedicated to bettering members’ jobs, pay and conditions.”

 

Miserly initial offer

 

The dispute arose after the management at Keolis/Amey, which operates Metrolink, made a miserly pay offer of one per cent over a 15 month period, a huge pay cut in real terms. A subsequent pay offer was also rejected by Unite members.

 

The strike, which was due to have occurred on Sunday 10 October to coincide with the Manchester marathon, was suspended at the eleventh hour following the latest pay offer.

 

By accepting the pay deal the next scheduled strike, which was due to have taken place tomorrow (Friday 15 October), and all subsequent industrial action has been cancelled.

 

Realistic pay talk

 

Unite regional officer Dave Roberts said: “From the very outset of this dispute Unite has been clear that strike action could be avoided if management at Metrolink was prepared to table a realistic pay offer. This indeed proved to be the case.”

 

ENDS

 

Notes to editors:

During the coronavirus crisis Unite is working to keep workers and the public safe, to defend jobs and to protect incomes.

 

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Unite is the UK and Ireland’s leading union fighting to protect and advance jobs, pay and conditions for members working across all sectors of the economy. The general secretary is Sharon Graham.