Tuesday 10th December 2019
Strike Action Just Days Before Xmas On The Tyne & Wear Metro
Passengers on the Tyne & Wear Metro should plan ahead for any last minute festive travels due to proposed strike action just days before Christmas.
The RMT union has this week informed Nexus of proposed strike action by train crew on the Tyne and Wear Metro on Friday 20th and Saturday 21st December.
If the strike does go ahead, it is unlikely that any Tyne & Wear Metro services will be able to operate on these dates. A strike would cause massive disruption for tens of thousands of passengers over these 2 dates, especially in the run up to Christmas.
Nexus, the public body which owns and manages Metro, has urged the union to call off the strike and to enter further negotiations. They have previously offered a 15% increase in pay & an improved rota arrangement but this was declined by RMT members.
Nexus has made an unprecedented offer to its drivers of a 15% increase in salary over two years on top of annual cost of living rises. The offer would take their annual salary up to an estimated £46,000 per annum by 1st April 2022. In return Nexus is asking for some changes to working practices that will reduce the likelihood of trains being cancelled due to driver shortages, and to help with the once-in-a-lifetime task of introducing the new Metro train fleet.
Nexus continues to urge the RMT to rethink the strike action and avert disruption for the tens of thousands of passengers, as well as thousands of business who would be affected on 2 of the busiest days of the year.
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