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Glasgow 2014: Ballot for strike on Glasgow Subway called off

Glasgow Subway
Hundreds of thousands of Glasgow 2014 spectators are expected to use the Subway during the Games

A potential strike by staff on the Glasgow Subway during the Commonwealth Games looks to have been avoided.

Workers have agreed a deal with operators Strathclyde Partnership Transport (SPT)

SPT will offer an enhanced service during the Games with hundreds of thousands of spectators expected to use underground transport.

Bus engineers and drivers at First Glasgow are being balloted next week after talks over pay broke down.

Unite union members at SPT were due to vote on possible industrial action over claims they would receive no extra payment for the increased work and demands during the Games. SPT had insisted that was not the case.

A spokeswoman for the subway operators confirmed that an agreement with Unite had now been reached and the ballot called off.

She added: "We are concentrating on making sure that all Subway passengers, old and new, have the best travel experience possible during the Games."

Glasgow 2014 has been billed as a "public transport games", with up to 500,000 extra journeys expected on the busiest days.

On the two weekends during the Commonwealth Games next month Subway train services will run from 06:00 until 01:00 the following morning.

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