Rail dispute is settled

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A dispute which could have brought rail services across the Fylde coast to a standstill has been settled.

Following negotiations between the RMT union and Northern Rail, union bosses say they have secured agreements on a range of issues which were in dispute.

That includes the use of agency staff on some railway jobs.

RMT members had voted by majority for strike action in the dispute over jobs and working conditions. But following the ballot result intensive talks have taken place with agreement being reached.

RMT general secretary Bob Crow said: “As a result of our members determination and solidarity on Northern Rail, RMT has been able to secure an end to a trial use of agency workers in one area and an ongoing review of long-standing contractor arrangements in another.

“We have also won an agreement that there will be no further extension of the use of agency staff for the duration of the franchise.

“On a wide range of other issues that also threatened working conditions RMT has reached agreements that will protect our members rights and livelihoods.”