RMT Union members ‘overwhelmingly’ vote to accept new pay offer

20,000 members at the rail union voted in favour of the new offer covering pay, jobs, and conditions.

Emily Sergeant Emily Sergeant - 20th March 2023

RMT Union has announced that its members have “overwhelmingly” voted to accept a new offer covering pay, jobs, and conditions.

In a statement revealing the outcome of the vote to accept the “improved offer” released today, the rail union said that 20,000 of its members voted by 76% to 24% in favour – which is said to mean the end of the trade dispute with Network Rail.

It comes after a series of strikes were staged over several months.

Rail workers first voted in favour of staging the “biggest strike in decades” at the end of May 2022, and the Union and Network Rail have since been in a bitter ongoing dispute ever since.

The offer voted in favour of includes an uplift on salaries of between 14.4% for the lowest paid grades to 9.2% or the highest paid, and a total uplift on basic earnings between 15.2% for the lowest paid grades to 10.3% for the highest paid grades – which represents an additional 1.1% over the duration of the deal, according to RMT.


Other “key factors” of the offer, according to RMT, includes discounted rail travel benefits for members.

The offer also includes increased backpay, and a renewing of the ‘no compulsory redundancy agreement’ until January 2025.


On top of this, RMT claims Network Rail will withdraw its previous insistence the offer was conditional on RMT accepting the company ‘modernising maintenance’ agenda – which the union will continue to “scrutinise and challenge”.

RMT Union members ‘overwhelmingly’ vote to accept new pay offer / Credit: Northern Rail

Reflecting on the outcome of the vote today, RMT General Secretary Mick Lynch said that when the Union first declared the dispute with Network Rail nearly a year ago, RMT was told that Network Rail workers would only get 2-3%.

“However, since then strike action and the inspiring solidarity and determination of members has secured new money,” he added.


“A new offer which has been clearly accepted by our members and that dispute is now over.”

Mr Lynch did, however, confirm that rail passengers will still face disruption from strike action scheduled for 30 March and 1 April, as they are still yet to strike a deal with the 14 train operating companies represented by the Rail Delivery Group.

20,000 members voted in favour of the new offer covering pay, jobs, and conditions / Credit: Network Rail

“Our dispute with the train operating companies remains firmly on and our members recent highly effective strike action across the fourteen train companies has shown their determination to secure a better deal,” he explained.

“If the government now allows the train companies to make the right offer, we can then put that to our members but until then the strike action scheduled will take place. 

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