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Friday, 18 April 2014

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Planned strikes by Scotrail workers called off

Planned strikes by rail workers – that would have impacted on commuters travelling in and out of Carlisle – have been called off.

Members of the Rail Maritime and Transport (RMT) union at ScotRail had been due to walk out tomorrow and again on Christmas Eve in a row over the dismissal of a colleague.

An RMT spokesman said: “RMT can confirm that industrial action on ScotRail has been called off as a satisfactory agreement has now been reached between the union and the company.”

The action was part of a dispute over the sacking of one of the union’s members.

ScotRail operates Carlisle-Dumfries-Glasgow trains and the sleeper service from Carlisle to London. Some of its Glasgow-Carlisle trains continue to Newcastle.

ScotRail said its services would run as normal over the Christmas period following the announcement.

A spokesman said: “We are delighted that common sense has prevailed and the threat of industrial action has been lifted.

“It is the right decision.”

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