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Metro strikes off

Unions have agreed not to strike on June 21.

Industrial action made it difficult for Coldplay fans to travel to the Stadium of Light last week.

Bruce Springsteen fans will not have the same problem next Thursday when he plays the stadium.

"Talks on the pay dispute have now concluded and we can confirm that all three unions have agreed to suspend industrial action on Thursday 21 June.

“Employees will receive a 2.1% or £520 pay increase, whichever is the greater, stretching to 3% depending on current pay. They will also receive a £300 payment"

– Sharon Kelly, Customer Service Director at DBTW


Pension strikes

Around 50 thousand public sector staff in our region have been taking part in a mass 24 hour walk out today. Immigration staff, lecturers and Job Centre workers are among those protesting about proposed changes to their pensions.

The Government wants them to contribute more towards their pensions and work for longer, saying the new system will be fair. Many say they just can't afford it.


Police Minister: "Not right to exempt officers"

The Police Minister Nick Herbert has defended the changes the government is making to police pay and conditions. Mr Herbert, who is a former Conservative candidate for Berwick upon Tweed, was speaking as thousands of officers were taking part in a mass lobby of parliament.

The minister insisted that it was right that police made their contribution to reducing the deficit.

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