Rail pay deal dispute ends

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Talks between train drivers’ representatives and management at rail company First TransPennine Express have reached an agreement after the company offered drivers a five per cent pay rise.

Trade union ASLEF agreed to consult members on the proposal and have called off further industrial action pending the result of a ballot on the offer.

The offer follows a one-day strike by drivers which took place on Wednesday, disrupting services through Sheffield and Doncaster between Cleethorpes and Manchester Airport.

A second planned strike, which had been due to take place yesterday, was suspended late on Thursday so that further talks could take place between the sides.

The RMT union, which represents guards and conductors, had already suspended strikes after an improved pay offer.

Vernon Barker, First TransPennine Express’ managing director, told The Star: “We are pleased that through dialogue and discussion we have been able to get to a position where the ASLEF negotiating team believe they can now recommend a deal to their membership.”

The train operator said it will be running its full timetable following the calling off of industrial action.

The train firm runs services calling at Sheffield, Dore and Totley, and Doncaster, on a route between Manchester Airport and Cleethorpes.

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