West Anglia rail staff industrial action suspended by RMT

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Planned industrial action over Greater Anglia's proposals to sack cleaners and give cleaning tasks to other members of rail staff has been suspended.

Members of the RMT union were due to ignore the rail firm's "flexible working" policies from midnight on the West Anglia route.

But a message on its website stated the action had been suspended and members should "report for duty as normal".

It has not yet given further details. Greater Anglia has declined to comment.

The union had accused the firm of trying to "bulldoze" through the removal of station cleaners and enforce flexible working on remaining staff, forcing them to take on the responsibility for cleaning the station.

It prompted members to vote for industrial action by a majority of 9-1.

RMT general secretary Bob Crow, said the company was "riding roughshod" over "their own procedures".

Greater Anglia denied disregarding any agreements.

The West Anglia route runs from King's Lynn to London, covering stops in Norfolk, Cambridgeshire, Essex and Hertfordshire.

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