The threat of strikes by over 500 conductors on Central Trains over Christmas and New Year forced the company to improve compensation for bank holiday working.
The new offer gives all conductors a day’s leave for each of the “substitute bank holidays” of 27 December and 2 January. The company also paid double time for conductors working on New Year’s day.
The company has also agreed to “meaningful discussions” to review contentious Sunday working arrangements.
A scheduled strike at Network Rail in the North West England area was called off just before Christmas.
The company contacted the RMT union just before the action with the offer of a meeting at national level to address the issues.
The agreements at stake are crucial.
The union says it will be expecting firm action from management and that if there is no resolution of the problems that exist new dates for strike action will be arranged.