Talks to avoid Metro strike action

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METRO bosses will have crisis talks with unions this week in a bid to avert strike action that could paralyse the network.

Metro chiefs are to meet union leaders after industrial action was proposed in protest at planned job cuts and changes to pensions.

The walkout would be timed to coincide with a national day of public sector protests planned for nine weeks’ time.

Metro workers were transferred from former passenger transport authority Nexus to Metro operator DB Regio last year, but they remain part of the local government pension scheme, which the RMT union claims is under attack from the Government:

“We need to protect our pensions,” said regional organiser Craig Johnston.

The RMT’s national executive has unanimously voted to carry out a ballot on strike action. Public sec tor union Unison is also to ballot its members at Nexus.

DB Regio managing director Richard McLean said the firm had not officially been informed of any strike plan but would meet with unions in a bid to prevent any disruption.

Nexus said it had not been informed of any intention to ballot for industrial action and said it planned to meet local union officials to discuss the situation.