Merseyrail workers call off strikes after ‘significant progress’ in talks

The first in a series of strikes by rail workers in the long running guards on trains dispute have been called off after “significant progress” in talks.

Members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport union on Merseyrail were due to walk out on Saturday followed by more stoppages in the coming weeks.

A union statement said: “Following a positive meeting with Metro Mayor Steve Rotheram, MerseyTravel and the RMT, fresh proposals have been made which represent significant progress in regards to addressing RMT’s concerns.

“In order to allow for further detailed discussion, the RMT has agreed to suspend industrial action called for August 24, September 3 and 5 2019.”

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