LATEST NEWS: Metro strike suspended on Sunderland Bruce Springsteen date

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STRIKE action on the Metro has been suspended after an improved pay offer was made to the unions.

The suspension of the strike, which was due to take place on Thursday when Bruce Springsteen was playing at the Stadium of Light, means the Metro service will run as normal.

In a late development the RMT union said a better offer had been received and they were balloting their members about the increase.

Sharon Kelly, Customer Service Director at DBTW, said; “Talks on the pay dispute have now concluded and we can confirm that all three unions have agreed to suspend industrial action on Thursday 21 June.

“RMT and Unite are balloting their members with a recommendation to accept our pay offer and ASLEF are currently consulting their executive committee. However, suspension of action is definite for all three unions.

“Metro will run as normal on Thursday 21 June and for concert goers travelling to the Bruce Springsteen concert at the Stadium of Light.

“Employees will receive a 2.1% or £520 pay increase, whichever is the greater, stretching to 3% depending on current pay. They will also receive a £300 payment - this is the 2011/2012 ‘Red Book Bonus’ paid in full, plus a one-off bonus payment of £200 for the consolidation of the Red Book Bonus for future years, plus additional travel benefits.

“The pay award to members of staff will be funded through efficiency savings within our organisation and not through any additional contribution from Nexus.”