Thameslink to run normal Bank Holiday services after unions call off strike

There will not be a strike on Monday

There will not be a strike on Monday - Credit: Archant

Rail unions have called off a bank holiday strike following a revised pay offer from Network Rail.

Members of the Rail Maritime and Transport union (RMT) and Transport Salaried Staffs’ Association (TSSA) were due to walk out for 24 hours from 5pm on Monday in a row over pay.

Earlier today (Thursday) Thameslink had “strongly advised” commuters against travelling because of the threatened action.

But this afternoon RMT said that the union’s executive had decided to suspend the strike after four days of talks at conciliation service Acas.

Thameslink has since tweeted: “We’ll be running the normal Bank Holiday service Monday and normal service on Tuesday.”

RMT general secretary Mick Cash said: “RMT has received a revised offer that enables us to suspend the planned industrial action while we consult in full with our Network Rail representatives.”

Manuel Cortes, general secretary of the TSSA, said: “Our negotiating team at Acas has received a revised offer from Network Rail.

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“As a result of this, they have suspended the planned industrial action, pending the outcome of a meeting of our workplace representatives next week.”