Train drivers call off strike action

East Midlands Trains
East Midlands Trains

Planned strikes by drivers at East Midlands Trains have been called off after “constructive” talks aimed at resolving a row over pensions.

Members of the Aslef union were due to take industrial action on Saturday, June 23, and Monday, June 25.

The union said constructive talks have been held with the company which it hopes will lead to a satisfactory conclusion to the dispute.

The drivers have previously taken six days of strike action.

East Midlands Trains has welcomed the decision and says it now plans to run a full and normal service on these days.

Managing director David Horne said: “This is a positive and welcome step by ASLEF and means we can run our full service for passengers.”

The RMT and Unite unions had also earlier confirmed their approval to the company’s updated pension proposals.

Mr Horne said: “It’s very good news that the three trade unions representing our employees have now approved our updated proposals. Our pension scheme is in good health and our agreement with the unions will mean their members will be able to benefit from higher take-home pay and additional pensions benefits.”