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14 March 2013, 07:57
Planned strikes by staff working on Go North East bus services has been called off.
Staff had been set to walk out on Friday March 15th , as well as on March 18th and March 23rd, after talks over a new pay deal broke down.
Pay talks had collapsed when drivers turned down a 2% offer.
Now it's been confirmed members of the Unite union will now be re-balloted over new terms.
Unite regional organiser Fazia Hussain-Brown said:
"The strike action has been suspended as the company have proposed an improved offer, which the members will be balloted on next week.
We believe the improved offer will meet the aspirations of our members and will therefore be recommending it for acceptance.
The result of the ballot will be known on Tuesday March 26th."
In a statement from Go North East they say:
"We believe the improved offer will meet the aspirations of our members and will therefore be recommending it for acceptance.
The strike action on all three days has been suspended until the ballot outcome on Tuesday 26th March 2013."