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Tram strike off after pay offer

Tram in Sheffield
Tram workers voted in favour of strike action last month

Strike action by tram workers in Sheffield has been called off after they were offered a revised pay deal.

Workers at Stagecoach Supertram were proposing to walk out from 15 to 17 October after voting in favour of strike action last month.

They were unhappy with a pay freeze the company had put in place.

The Unite union said the strike had been suspended. The revised pay offer will be put to a ballot of union members later this month.

A spokeswoman for Stagecoach Supertram said it made a revised offer during "positive" talks with union representatives on Tuesday.

'Significant' increase

She said: "We understand the union is wholeheartedly recommending acceptance of our offer and we are hopeful that there will be a positive outcome when the ballot result is confirmed.

"We have offered employees a two-year deal which includes a one-off three-figure payment made in year one, followed by a significant annual increase from May 2010.

"In the current, challenging economic climate, when many people are losing their jobs and seeing their hours of work reduced or their pay either reduced or frozen, we believe most people will see this as a very good offer and we see no reason to believe that our customers' tram services will be disrupted."

The tram network links five park-and-ride sites with Sheffield city centre.

Had the tram workers' strike gone ahead, it would have coincided with strike action by First Group bus drivers in the city.

The drivers are planning to walk out from 15 to 17 October as part of a dispute over pay.



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