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Train strikes suspended in West Midlands after new deal put on the table

Some workers on West Midlands Trains have been striking on Saturdays since last month Credit: PA

A series of rail strikes in a dispute over the role of guards on some trains in the West Midlands has been suspended after a new offer has been made.

Some workers on West Midlands Trains have been striking on Saturdays since last month - the busiest shopping days of the year in the run up to Christmas.

Members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport union were due to walk out again this weekend, but plans for industrial action have been scrapped after a new offer was made.

The union will be holding a vote on the new offer, with a recommendation to accept the deal.

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RMT General Secretary Mick Cash said:

Due to the receipt of an improved offer on the future role of the guard on West Midlands Trains all action, including this Saturday, has been suspended and we will be holding a referendum vote with a recommendation to accept the deal.

"I want to pay tribute to the RMT members whose resilience and solidarity has got us to the point where we can suspend action with those same members having the final say."

– RMT General Secretary Mick Cash