East Midlands Trains welcomes RMT strike scrap

East Midlands Trains has welcomed news that a planned staff strike over pensions has been scrapped.

Rail union RMT’s local representatives have now unanimously accepted updated proposals regarding their pensions and will be recommending them to their members, it was announced today.

The RMT ballot, which has been running for the last two weeks and was due to close today, has now been declared void by the RMT.

This follows the decision earlier this week by the Unite union to consider the same updated pension proposals and not to go ahead with previously planned strike action over the jubilee weekend. Unite is also considering the company’s latest pay offer of 3.8 per cent.

David Horne, managing director for East Midlands Trains, said: “This is a positive step by the RMT and further welcome news for our passengers. We are pleased that we now have two trade unions who are considering our updated pensions proposals and who have stepped back from unnecessary industrial action.”

An East Midlands Trains spokesman said: “Under the company’s proposals, previously announced pension contribution plans would still go ahead in July, as recommended by independent pensions experts and the scheme’s trustees. In addition, the proposals would boost take-home pay for employees and increase their pension benefits. This would be achieved by using arrangements that would channel company savings in National Insurance into additional pension benefits for employees.”