London Overground strikes by RMT workers called off for next week following improved pay offer

15 February 2024, 16:10 | Updated: 15 February 2024, 16:52

Planned strikes next week by London Overground workers have been called off. London Mayor Sadiq Khan (left) and RMT boss Mick Lynch (right)
Planned strikes next week by London Overground workers have been called off. London Mayor Sadiq Khan (left) and RMT boss Mick Lynch (right). Picture: Alamy

By Christian Oliver

Planned strikes next week by London Overground workers have been called off after a pay offer was improved, the RMT union has announced.

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The RMT Union confirmed it had received an improved pay offer, and will hold an online vote for members next week to vote on the proposal.

RMT members working for Arriva Rail London on London Overground had been scheduled to take industrial action on Monday and Tuesday.

Arriva Rail operates the overground service on behalf of TfL

RMT general secretary Mick Lynch said: "London Overground members working for Arriva Rail London have made progress through their determination to take strike action.

"The dispute is not over but we have made sufficient progress to suspend the action next week in order for our members to assess the new offer fully in a referendum."

Around three million passengers use the London Overground each week, across 113 stations across the capital.

London Overground trains outside Clapham Junction Station in South London
London Overground trains outside Clapham Junction Station in South London. Picture: Alamy

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It comes after it was announced London Overground rail lines will be given individual names - including the Windrush Line and the Lioness Line.

The four other names include Mildmay, Weaver, Suffragette and Liberty, Mayor of London Sadiq Khan announced.

He said the names were chosen to honour and celebrate "different parts of London's unique local history and culture."

London Overground lines have all been coloured orange on the map since the network was created in 2007 when Transport for London (TfL) took control of services on four suburban rail lines.

The network has expanded significantly since then, creating what has been described as a "mass of orange spaghetti" on maps, making it difficult for some passengers to work out what train they need.

Each route will be represented on Tube maps as parallel lines in different colours.

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