Union calls off Supertram strike in Sheffield

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The strike was due to start on 16 August

A planned strike at Stagecoach Supertram in Sheffield has been called off at the urging of the union member at the centre of the dispute.

Workers had voted to take indefinite action from 16 August over the company's decision to derecognise the member as a union representative.

The union Unite said the representative had since called for the strike to be halted.

He said he did not want to put his colleagues in financial "jeopardy".

The company had said it could no longer deal with the Unite official, claiming he had "broken an agreement" on standards.

Phil Brown, of Unite, said: "It was down to the branch secretary concerned. He took a position that he does not believe the strike itself should take place.

"He doesn't want to put his colleagues in jeopardy losing jobs or revenue or losing money and put the travelling public of Sheffield and South Yorkshire at detriment, simply because of a dispute between the trade union and the company."

In a statement Stagecoach Supertram said: "We are pleased that the union has seen sense and lifted its threat to disrupt our customers' tram services.

"There was little support for strike action among our employees and we now look forward to getting back to doing what we do best, running a high-quality tram service for the people of Sheffield."

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