Arriva Trains Wales cleaners strike suspended

A 24-hour strike by train cleaners working for Arriva Trains Wales (ATW) has been suspended pending a union ballot.

Rail Maritime and Transport (RMT) members had planned a walk-out on Wednesday in a pay dispute.

But the action was put on hold after talks.

An earlier strike on the day of the Wales v England Six Nations rugby game was suspended after an improved offer was made.

'Core objective'

The cleaners work for contractors Churchill's.

The strike had been back on after RMT general secretary Bob Crow said the offer did not eliminate "the scourge of poverty pay".

Mr Crow said: "Despite the best efforts of RMT negotiators, and following massive pressure from our campaign on this issue and some significant movement, the union has been unable to extract an offer from Churchill's that secures our core objective."

Before the strike was suspended a spokeswoman for Arriva Trains Wales said it planned to run a normal service and that the dispute was between Churchill's and RMT.

She said: "Arriva Trains Wales does not determine the pay and conditions of any contractors' staff."

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