Leeds and Newcastle rail maintenance strike suspended

Neville Hill depot The strike suspension allows for further talks between the RMT and Northern Rail

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A strike of rail maintenance workers at depots in Leeds and Newcastle over planned job re-grading has been suspended, a rail union said.

Staff at Northern Rail's depots at Neville Hill and Heaton planned to stop work at 18:59 BST until 16 April.

The Rail, Maritime and Transport (RMT) union said the suspension was to allow further talks with Northern Rail.

The company has not yet commented but previously said there would be "no disruption" to normal services.

The suspension of the strike by 42 members of the RMT and instructions to work as normal were announced on the union's website.

The planned strike followed a 48-hour walkout in February and a continuing overtime ban at the two depots, the RMT previously said.

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