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Network Rail signallers' strike in Scotland called off

Issue No. 2061

A strike by 400 signallers and supervisors working for Network Rail in Scotland scheduled for Friday has been called off by the RMT after the company tabled a further revised offer on disputed bonus payments.

The dispute centred on the company's original decision to dock three quarters of a £400 bonus from those who took part in a strike over the company's failure to honour the implementation of a 35-hour week agreement in Scotland.

A strike was originally scheduled for 6 July was suspended after last minute talks yielded some progress.

However, Network Rail withdrew its offer and paid no bonus to the signallers. They have now produced another offer.

RMT general secretary Bob Crow said, 'Network Rail originally insisted that the matter was non-negotiable, but the company has now twice tabled increased offers, ultimately halving the amount docked from £150 per shift to £75.'

'After consulting our reps, the RMT executive has today called off the strike and accepted Network rail's revised offer.'

Reinstate Rachel Tombling

Some 100 catering staff at Virgin West Coast's Manchester Piccadilly depot struck on Friday of last week in support of an unfairly sacked colleague. This was their third day of action.

The RMT union is demanding the reinstatement of Rachel Tombling, who sustained injuries after her head hit a computer screen in an on?board shop when her train experienced rough riding – but was amazingly sacked for willfully damaging it.

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Tue 24 Jul 2007, 18:14 BST
Issue No. 2061
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