Merseyside drivers suspend strike

Drivers
at Arriva Trains Merseyside have suspended strike action following a new pay
offer.

Trade
union Aslef said walkouts planned by its members next week and in September
would not go ahead now.

Around
160 drivers will now vote on a proposed deal which the union says is worth 16 per
cent and would increase pay to £28,000 within 18 months.

The
drivers had been due to walk out for 48 hours from next Tuesday and again from
September 10.

The
union has been seeking parity for the Merseyside drivers with other drivers in
the industry.

However,
drivers from First North Western are set to go ahead with 48 hour strikes on
the same dates in a separate dispute over pay, a spokesman for Aslef said.

By Paul Nelson

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