Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Strike Will Go On

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Strike Will Go On

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Byline: Brian Daniel Reporter

A STRIKE by Metro drivers on the day of One Direction's gig at the Stadium of Light is still set to go ahead after talks failed.

Drivers who are members of the RMT union are planning a walkout next Wednesday, in protest at Metro operator DB Regio's sacking of a colleague.

The strike coincides with the pop group's Sunderland gig, which will be attended by more than 50,000 fans.

Talks between the union and DB Regio took place yesterday but failed to bring about the cancellation of the walkout.

However, Metro operators have insisted there will be a high frequency service for concertgoers, with a reduced service on other parts of the system.

The RMT, which represents around 40% of the approximate 200 Metro drivers, announced the planned strike on the back of a previous walkout by members over pay on the day of a Coldplay concert at the Stadium of Light in 2012.

The union had planned similar action for a Bruce Springsteen gig at the venue the same month but that was cancelled after the pay dispute was resolved. …

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