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Rail strikes suspended

Rail strikes suspended

Published at 5:51pm 16th August 2016. (Updated at 5:55pm 16th August 2016)

Strikes involving staff at Virgin Trains East Coast have been suspended by union leaders.

The RMT was planning three 24-hour walkouts and an overtime ban as part of a dispute over jobs, working conditions and safety.

It's claimed that staffing changes will put nearly 200 jobs at risk, but the train operator has insisted there will be no compulsory redundancies and no impact on safety.

David Horne, Virgin Trains' Managing Director on the East Coast route, said: "We're pleased that the RMT has agreed to suspend industrial action and continue talks. We had put in place detailed contingency plans which would have seen our timetable run as normal, nevertheless this news will be welcomed by our customers and people.

"We're making exciting changes on the East Coast as part of the customer-centric revolution which has seen us embark on a £140m investment programme in our trains and stations.

"We want a service that focuses firmly on the customer and look forward to discussing these further with representatives of the RMT."