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27.07.12

Olympic strike called off by Aslef and EMT

Planned strike action by train drivers in opposition to pension changes has been cancelled, following talks to reach a “positive settlement”.

Drivers’ union Aslef had planned strikes for August 6, 7 and 8, which would have significantly disrupted rail services during the Olympic Games.

East Midlands Trains had proposed changes to the staff pension, intended to begin in July, which would mean both workers and the operator paying lower contributions into the pension scheme.

The dispute has been ongoing, with both sides resorting to insults in the past few weeks.

Aslef and EMT released a joint statement which reads: “Following further constructive discussions today, East Midlands Trains and Aslef are pleased to confirm that a positive settlement of all issues relating to planned pensions changes has been reached.

“This means that previously announced strike action on 6, 7 and 8 August has been called off and there will be no disruption to important rail services during the London 2012 Games.”

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