STRIKE ACTION by RMT members on the Tyne and Wear Metro scheduled for next Thursday, June 21, has been suspended after operating company DB Regio tabled an improved pay offer.
A strike on June 7 – alongside Churchill cleaners striking in a separate pay and victimisation dispute – brought the network to a standstill, after RMT members voted overwhelmingly for action against a pay offer that would have delivered perpetual pay cuts.
RMT General Secretary Bob Crow said:
“Late yesterday DB Regio tabled an improved offer that represents a substantial shift in the company’s position, and as a result the RMT Executive has suspended next Thursday’s action, in order that our members can consider it.
“Our members are to be congratulated for the rock-solid action they took last week, which gave our talks team the leverage needed to deliver movement from the employer.