Rail strike called off

A 24-hour strike planned by workers at two train operators in Comet country has been called off. About 1,500 staff at First Capital Connect (FCC) and National Express East Anglia were due to walk out from midnight on Monday. The Rail Maritime and Transpo

A 24-hour strike planned by workers at two train operators in Comet country has been called off.

About 1,500 staff at First Capital Connect (FCC) and National Express East Anglia were due to walk out from midnight on Monday.

The Rail Maritime and Transport union RMT ordered the strike, accusing the two firms of failing to guarantee no compulsory redundancies would be made. A union spokesman said the strike had been suspended to allow further talks.

The RMT said the two rail companies that run services into London King's Cross were seeking to cut jobs top maintain profits and dividends.


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Both operators have announced they are to re-structure their operations in particular areas of their business.

A spokesman for FCC said: "The strike action was proposed following our plans to change ticket office opening hours. These proposals do not see any compulsory redundancies to the 13 roles affected - a point FCC has made absolutely clear since the original changes to tickets office hours were proposed in January. We are pleased that progress has been made.

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