DRIVERS ON English Welsh and Scottish Railways (EWS) have suspended their strikes after winning a new offer from management. It means a one-hour cut from April this year and another one-hour cut from April 2004. This will see drivers working a 35-hour week.
Pay will rise by 3.7 percent this year and all of pay will be counted for pension purposes. Aslef general secretary Mick Rix said, 'The negotiations between Aslef and EWS have been long and difficult. But thanks to the tremendous support and solidarity for our members' industrial action we have received an offer which we think members will find acceptable.' Drivers begin voting on the deal this week with a result expected around 20 March.