RMT union calls off One Direction strike

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A STRIKE on the Tyne and Wear Metro which would have disrupted the travel plans of fans going to a concert by boy band One Direction has been called off.

Members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport (RMT) union on the Metro were due to walk out.

The Metro serves the Stadium of Light in Sunderland, where the concert is being held.

The union said it had reached an acceptable settlement over the sacking of a union member.

Tobyn Hughes, deputy director-general of Nexus, which owns the Tyne and Wear Metro, said: “I’m pleased that the strike has been called off. Common sense has prevailed and a day of major disruption to thousands of our customers has been averted.

“Metro services will now operate as usual and there will still be extra services for the One Direction concert in Sunderland.”