Tyne & Wear

Tyne and Wear Metro staff threaten strike action over pensions

Tyne and Wear Metro workers are threatening strike action over the government's proposed pension changes.

Transport union RMT is balloting for a protest over cuts to the Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS).

Metro staff are currently covered by the scheme which would be hit by cuts on contributions and retirement provisions.

If the strike goes ahead, it will cause disruption to the whole North East Metro system.

A Nexus spokesman said: "Nexus is waiting for formal notification from the RMT or Unison of any intention to ballot for industrial action.

"We intend to meet local union officials this week to discuss this situation."

Workers employed by Nexus and DB Regio on Tyne and Wear Metro, are the latest to become involved in the pensions dispute.

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