Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Talks on Track

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Talks on Track

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Byline: By Peter Young

Unions and Metro bosses are set to hold peace talks over a pay and conditions dispute.

The threat of further strikes has receded after managers at Nexus which runs the Metro agreed to remove a condition which had angered union officials.

The long-running dispute has already caused disruption for thousands of passengers after 450 Metro workers staged three 24-hour strikes which brought the railway to a standstill.

But union officials are now expected to go back into talks without any immediate threat of further strikes.

Members of the biggest union, the Rail Maritime & Transport which has 280 members, will hold a mass meeting to discuss the latest development.

Stan Herschel, the union's North East organiser, said: "The management has sent us an e-mail and the tone and content was very helpful.

"They have taken out one of the contentious items which gives us the scope to get around the table and resume negotiations."

Nexus has agreed to remove plans for a shake-up in staff rosters, which the union said could lead to the loss of 10 jobs, from the talks.

"I am optimistic we can move forward and that the prospect of immediate strike action has abated somewhat," said Mr Herschel. …

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