Metro strikes announced for Sunderland One Direction gig

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METRO workers have announced they plan to strike next week on the day of Sunderland’s biggest gig.

Members of the RMT union have announced strike action on Wednesday, May 28, on the day of the One Direction concert at Sunderland’s Stadium of Light.

It is believed the strike action has been called following the recent dismissal of a union member.

Sharon Kelly, customer services and operations director at DB Regio, which operates the Metro for Nexus, said: “We are disappointed that the RMT has chosen to take this action, which is targeted at Metro customers on a very busy day for the North East.

“Should the industrial action go ahead, we are confident that we will still be able to operate a reduced Metro service on the day of the strike and will prioritise moving concert-goers to and from Sunderland, as well as recognising the needs of our regular customers.

“We are working on a timetable, as well as with our partners at the Stadium of Light and will have details available nearer the day.

“We urge the RMT to call this action off and for this matter to be further discussed and resolved, without causing unnecessary disruption to thousands of passengers.”

Following a ballot all DB Regio RMT members have been asked by the union to not carry out their shifts between 00.01am and 11.59pm on Wednesday.

In 2012 Metro workers took strike action over a pay dispute on the day of the Coldplay concert at the Stadium of Light.