Strike by guards at First Great Western suspended by the Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers’ Union

The Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers’ Union (RMT) has suspended the proposed strike of 500 guards at First Great Western (FGW) planned for 20 January.

RMT said it would continue negotiations with FGW, after the train operator agreed not to use managers to guard and drive trains.

RMT general secretary Bob Crow, said: “The resolve of RMT members at First Great Western has led the company to listen and act on our concerns and we hope a resolution can be found.

“Our strike mandate is still valid and negotiations will continue on a number of issues essential to the resolution to this dispute,” he said.

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