THE biggest rail workers union has accepted a pay offer from Scotrail.

The Rail, Maritime and Transport union (RMT) said its members will receive a 5% basic uplift with the lowest paid receiving as much as an 8% increase.

The pay deal was overwhelmingly endorsed by Scotrail members in a referendum.

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RMT general secretary Mick Lynch said: “This was a tough negotiation and our members have voted to accept this modest pay deal.

“We have managed to negotiate this deal like many others on the railways including in Wales, the English regions and now Scotland.

“Where the Department for Transport has the controlling mandate for 14 train operators, RMT has had a year-long dispute with multiple strikes.

“Scotrail members have benefited from annual pay rises and extra value added to their overall pay packages, unlike RMT members on 14 rail operators, some of whom have not had a pay rise in four years.”