Glasgow subway strike action suspended as pay talks continue

The walk out had been due to impact on four Rangers home matches.

Glasgow SPT subway strike action suspended by Unite as talks continue iStock

Planned strike action on the Glasgow Subway has been suspended.

Workers had been due to walk out for 24 hours on four dates in August.

However, SPT on Tuesday said it had been advised the action has been suspended.

It will continue in “constructive discussions” with Unite the union moving forward, SPT added.

Members had voted by 99% last month for strike action on a turnout of 83%.

The strike action had been set to impact on four Rangers matches at Ibrox.

It included the first Scottish Premiership home fixture of the season versus Kilmarnock on August 6, the Champions League qualifier against Union Saint-Gilloise on August 9.

The action would also have impacted on matchday crowds in the league games against St Johnstone at Ibrox on August 13 and versus Ross County on August 27.

Unite had said that its members are angry about “unfair duty rosters” which had resulted in imposed shift changes at short notice.

They said that this had been detrimental to the work-life balance of workers.

In a statement, SPT director of Subway Antony Smith said: “SPT has been advised and welcomes [the] decision from Unite to suspend all planned Subway strike action on August 6, 9, 13 and 27, and to continuing constructive discussions as we move forward”.

Willie Thomson, Unite industrial officer, said: “Positive negotiations have led to the suspension of strike action.

“Unite members will soon be balloted on an improved proposal from SPT.”

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