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Last Updated: Friday, 15 December 2006, 15:50 GMT
Christmas bus strike called off
Drivers at the picket line
Monday's strike caused disruption to commuters and shoppers
Bus drivers in Leeds have called off a strike over pensions which was planned for 23 and 24 December.

Talks between the Transport and General Workers' Union (T&G) and bus company First resumed on Friday.

Nearly 1,000 drivers went on strike in the city on Monday and First managers were forced to get behind the wheel to keep a skeleton service running.

In a statement the T&G and First said they were glad there would be no more disruption in the run up to Christmas.

They added: "Both sides in the dispute regret the inconvenience caused to the travelling public".

During Monday's strike, the T&G said First's proposals would devalue pensions.

The union said First wanted future pension contributions to be capped to inflation, which meant members would not get the full benefits they had been promised.

But First said doing nothing about pension reform "simply isn't an option" and the company had offered a "very, very attractive" pension that was in line with those being offered by firms across the country.


SEE ALSO
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11 Dec 06 |  West Yorkshire
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