Cleaners call off strike plan

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PLANNED strike actions by Metro cleaners has been postponed after bosses agreed to talks over wages and conditions.

Workers at contractor Churchill Services have already walked out for five days in recent months over a pay freeze, and the alleged “unfair” sacking of a colleague.

But now representatives from the RMT union have been invited to sit down with the Herefordshire firm with the hope some kind of resolution could be reached.

Union regional organiser Craig Johnson said he was open to any “reasonable and sensible solution”.

“The company has never offered anything before, not even talks, so it seemed appropriate to respond by suspending our proposed strike action,” he said.

Sharon Kelly, of DB Regio Tyne and Wear, which operates the Metro, said: “We are absolutely delighted both parties and getting back around the table and that normal service will be delivered.”