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Rail workers vote for pay deal

Network Rail workers have voted to accept a two-year pay offer, ending a dispute which had threatened to lead to strikes.

Members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport union backed the deal - a 2% rise this year, an increase in line with RPI inflation next year and an assurance of no compulsory redundancies to the end of next year - by 7,449 votes to 1,598.

General secretary Mick Cash said: "I would like to take this opportunity to thank Network Rail members for their determination, solidarity and support for their union over the last months.

"Without it this deal would simply not have been possible. It just goes to show what can be achieved when members stand united and are prepared to fight for decent pay and conditions."

Union members had threatened industrial action earlier this month but it was called off after a new pay offer was made.

Mark Carne, Network Rail chief executive, said: "This has clearly been a difficult period of uncertainty for our employees and for the people and businesses that depend on us. I am therefore pleased that we've come to an agreement.

"What has been clear to me throughout these negotiations is the passion we all share for the railway.

"I'm confident we will all now move forward together, translating that passion into improvements that will drive up our performance and deliver a better service for our customers."

Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin said: "The decision by union members to accept the pay deal offered by Network Rail is very welcome news. I am sure that passengers will be relieved that there will be no disruption caused by the industrial action that was proposed."

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