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Unions suspend planned Bank Holiday strike

The TSSA and RMT rail unions have suspended a planned Bank Holiday strike after receiving a new pay offer from Network Rail.

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Rail strike first industrial relations test for new government

Network's Rail's 24-hour strike over the Spring bank holiday is the first test of industrial relations for the new Conservative government.

RMT members will walk out on Bank Hliday Monday Credit: PA Wire

The Tories are planning tough new laws to stymie the power of the unions in calling strikes but with an 80% ballot turnout, the RMT was well above the government's proposed threshold.

RMT leader Mick Cash said: " We have a massive mandate for action which shows the anger of safety-critical staff across the rail network at attacks on their standards of living and their job security.

"It is appalling that NR are refusing point blank to take this dispute seriously, to understand the deep-seated grievance felt by their staff and to come forward with a renewed offer which protects pay, jobs and safety."

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