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Rail strikes could be over as RMT union ‘considers’ improved offer from train firms

Months of strike disruption on the railways could be approaching an end after the main rail union was handed an improved offer.

A spokesperson for the RMT union said: “We have received an updated offer from the RDG [Rail Delivery Group] and our NEC [National Executive Committee] is considering its contents.

“No decision on any next steps has been taken.”

The Independent has asked the Rail Delivery Group, which represents the train operators who are contracted by the government, for a response.

Rail insiders have taken the announcement as a positive sign. Previous offers have been dismissed by the union leadership without being put to members in a referendum.

The RMT is involved in a long and bitter dispute with train operators over pay, job security and working arrangements.

The first national rail strikes since the 1980s began in June 2021, with the most recent staged last month.

A parallel dispute between Network Rail, which manages and maintains the tracks, signals and some stations, and the RMT, was settled last month.

Members voted strongly in favour of accepting an improved offer.

The train drivers’ union, Aslef, is also in dispute with the train operators, but talks are understood to be at an advanced stage.

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