Freightliner strike action averted as RMT claims victory

Image showing Freightliner Class 66 locomotives

15th March 2019

Strike action that was due to take place today by staff working for Freightliner Intermodal and Freightliner Heavy Haul has now been called off following confirmation in writing that the company are withdrawing their proposals to amend the pension scheme.

The union had been in dispute with the company over its failure to commit to maintaining the current scheme and honour past promises made to members to keep the scheme intact. Freightliner now state that “there will be no changes to eligibility to join the RPS for existing employees or new starters."

RMT General Secretary Mick Cash said:

“This is a massive victory for our Freightliner members and I congratulate them on behalf of RMT on this magnificent result.

“Freightliner members had delivered an overwhelming mandate in a magnificent show of solidarity in a ballot to defend their valuable pension scheme as it currently operates.

“With strike action looming the company had to take notice and has now come to its senses and committed to maintaining the scheme.”

Author: Darren Porter
Image: RMT