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Diamond Jubilee strike on East Midlands Trains called off

Strike action on East Midlands Trains, which would have affected the Jubilee weekend, has been called off.

Maintenance staff from the Unite union had voted to take industrial action from 31 May until 6 June in a dispute over pension contributions and pay.

The company said "constructive" talks between the two sides had led to the stoppage being suspended.

Unite confirmed an improved offer had been made during the talks and this was being put to members.

Unite represents about 175 maintenance and cleaning staff at depots in Derby, Nottingham and Leeds.

The train drivers' union Aslef has already held six one-day strikes over the pensions issue and the results of an RMT strike ballot are due soon.

The Aslef dispute is over reduced pension contributions, and not pay.

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