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Network Rail and RMT to end dispute

The agreement reached includes a pay rise of 7 per cent, no compulsory redundancies and a £2,000 lum

Network Rail and the RMT union have come to an agreement over a long-running dispute over jobs and pay, it has been announced.

RMT - the National Union of Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers said that it would recommend to its members the deal, which would give them a 7 per cent pay rise between now and December 2011.

The deal would guarantee workers that there would be no compulsory redundancies and also ensure them a £2,000 lump sum by Christmas.

The dispute, which almost led to an industrial strike earlier this year, arose over plans to slash 1,500 maintenance workers' jobs and modify rosters to allow more work in the evenings and at weekends.

Both Network Rail and RMT have welcomed the deal.

According to reports, the union's general secretary said this was a demonstration that "at a time when the doom-and-gloom merchants are telling people they must accept pay freezes, job cuts and a grim Christmas and New Year... if you stand together in a strong trade union you can win."