Workers at Network Rail have accepted a new two-year deal on pay.
Over 80 percent of RMT union members and over 91 percent of TSSA union members voted to accept.
The deal means a 2 percent rise this year and a rise equal to the RPI rate of inflation in November 2015 for next year.
But the offer “must be offset through agreed efficiencies”—meaning cuts—and there were no guarantees on protecting jobs beyond the end of next year.
The threat of national strikes forced bosses to budge over pay.
But more could have been won if the threat was turned into action.