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Strike on East Midlands Railway over safety, pay and conditions is called OFF to allow for talks

A planned strike by conductors and train managers on East Midlands Railway (EMR) has been called off to allow for further talks on new union proposals.

Members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport union (RMT) were due to take action on Friday and Saturday over safety, pay and conditions. 

RMT members went on strike in the spring and summer but further action was halted during talks. 

The union warned of action later this month if there is no resolution.

A planned strike by conductors and train managers on East Midlands Railway (EMR) has been called off to allow for further talks on new union proposals

In a communication to its members, the union said: 'Your union has constantly been trying to resolve this dispute and we are currently preparing proposals to be put to the company, which we believe will allow for a resolution to be found.

'Therefore, the industrial action is suspended. Members are instructed to work normally, and you should book on for your shifts as normal.

'This is to allow further talks to take place. However, the union will set out further strike dates for later this month, which will be communicated to members in good time.

'This is to ensure management negotiate with the union in good faith and to focus the company's mind in meeting our demands.'

In a previous statement, EMR said: 'The deeply disappointing decision by the RMT to escalate their strike action and coincide new strike dates with Lincoln Christmas Market as well as major football matches means there will be significantly fewer staff available to work on trains.

'As such, EMR Regional, EMR Intercity and EMR Connect services will all be significantly reduced.

'EMR has done everything it can to prioritise services to and from Lincoln. 

Members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport union (RMT) were due to take action on Friday and Saturday over safety, pay and conditions. Pictured: Lincoln Christmas Market

'However, it is clear this level of service will not be sufficient to provide adequate capacity for the thousands of customers expected to travel to Lincoln over the weekend and therefore EMR is urging visitors to use alternative methods and not travel with East Midlands Railway. 

'This is particularly acute for services between Nottingham and Lincoln.' 

Mick Lynch, the union's general secretary, said: 'RMT has been left with no choice but to put strike action back on East Midlands Railway for our train managers and senior conductors.

'It is astonishing that after weeks of negotiations, during which in good faith we suspended industrial action and believed progress was being made, the company has failed to make offers in writing to bring these disputes to a close.'