Rail strike on hold after talks

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‘CONSTRUCTIVE’ talks have led to the suspension of strike action at a rail firm which runs through South Yorkshire.

Staff at Cross Country had been due to walk out yesterday in protest at use of league tables to record performance, and changes to rosters and training.

The 24-hour strike would have included train managers, senior conductors and catering staff.

Cross Country runs express services between Scotland, the North East, Midlands and South West, calling at Sheffield and Doncaster. RMT rail union general secretary Bob Crow said the strike was called after ‘the total collapse of industrial relations’.

Services are due to operate normally this weekend.