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Rail union rejects latest pay offer

Rail union RMT has rejected offers from both Network Rail and train operating companies on the basis that it believes the offers outlined do not meet its salary expectations, job security or working conditions.

UKHospitality Chief Executive Kate Nicholls responded:

“It’s so frustrating that we now seem even further away from this dispute being resolved.

“While hospitality has suffered enormous pain during the strikes, to the tune of £2.5 billion, there was a feeling that progress towards a resolution was inching forward, albeit slowly.

“Today feels like a step backwards. A functioning rail network is one of the most important pillars of infrastructure in the country and it’s critical for so many consumers, workers and businesses.

We’ve seen the damage the December strikes inflicted on hospitality, the wider economy and GDP. The sector, and the country, simply cannot afford that level of economic pain again.

“I again urge all involved in the negotiations to double down on reaching a resolution as soon as possible, to avoid inflicting even more pain on an already embattled sector.”