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The RMT Union says it had no option but to call for strike action on the Tyne and Wear Metro this month.
Workers have proposed strike action on June 7 and 21 - the same dates as planned Coldplay and Bruce Springsteen concerts at the Stadium of Light.
The disruption is expected to affect people travelling to the stadium, as well as thousands of commuters getting to and from work.
Union bosses say they risk losing public support by holding the strikes, but that it was their only option.
Micky Thompson from RMT Union said: "We've tried to negotiate with the employer. The employer has closed the doors and made their position clear. There is no further amendment.
"We have to taken it to our membership. Our membership have said it's not acceptable and we want to do something about it.
"The situation with the concerts has come up. It's given us a position of strength and we've utitlised this to our advantage. Hence why discussions have now been forthcoming for June 4.
"So hopefully sense will prevail and they'll come back and offer something substantial in respect of rates and pay and conditions of service, and we won't have to disrupt the concerts."
Coldplay and Bruce Springsteen are due to play at the Stadium of Light this summer.
With concerns growing over planned strikes by Tyne and Wear Metro workers thousands of people attending the concerts in Sunderland, could be affected.
Kenny Toal reports.
Concerns are growing that planned strikes by Tyne and Wear Metro workers could affect two concerts in Sunderland.
RMT Union members announced strike action will be taken on June 7 and 21 - dates that Coldplay and Bruce Springsteen are scheduled to perform at the Stadium of Light.
Meetings to avert the strikes are ongoing. But should the action go ahead, bus company Go North East has said it would provide extra bus routes.
DBTW, which operates trains and stations on behalf of Nexus, is expected to make a statement later today.