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'Fat' Blackpool bus drivers dispute resolved

Bus in Blackpool (pic courtesy of Blackpool Transport)
Image caption Management and unions have resolved the dispute 'amicably'

Unions and bosses have reached an "amicable" settlement in the dispute over two bus drivers suspended for allegedly being too fat to work.

Talks began on Monday and ended on Tuesday with Blackpool Transport and the drivers' union Unite saying it would not make any further comment.

The men had been suspended on full pay after being told they needed to lose 7lbs (3kg) in the next four weeks.

The firm had said it was acting in the interests of passenger safety.

Unite had warned that if the men were not reinstated it could ballot members for industrial action.

A statement from Blackpool Transport said: "After extensive negotiations the issue relating to the two individuals concerned has been resolved amicably.

"The trade union and management wish to ensure the confidentiality and dignity of those involved and have no further comment to make."

Blackpool Transport is an arm's length body of Blackpool Council and provides transport on the Fylde Coast.

Unite says it has 400 members at the company.

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