A four-day strike by thousands of Network Rail maintenance workers has been suspended to allow fresh talks in a bid to resolve a row over terms and conditions.
Around 12,000 members of the Rail Maritime and Transport (RMT) union were due to walk out on Friday following two weekend strikes earlier this year. But talks will now be held today, and there are plans for a face-to-face meeting between RMT general secretary Bob Crow and Network Rail chief executive Iain Coucher, said the union.
Mr Crow said: “We have been seeking meaningful talks with Network Rail and a face-to-face meeting with Iain Coucher in order to get negotiations back on track.
“Network Rail has now responded positively, and to allow fresh talks to take place the RMT executive has suspended the four-day strike.
“The ball is now firmly in Network Rail’s court and we expect the company to demonstrate that it is prepared to negotiate with us properly and in good faith.’’
“Our members have already shown quite clearly where they stand.”