Unite halts Edinburgh Trams strike

Unite has withdrawn planned strike action at Edinburgh Trams following positive negotiations over the last two weeks with the company.

Agreement has been reached which overhauls the company’s sickness and capability policies.  Strikes scheduled for the Christmas period will now not take place.

Unite balloted members on strike action following complaints of a hostile management culture at Edinburgh Trams which it was claimed had resulted in bullying and victimisation of members.

Unite regional officer Lyn Turner said: “Following talks as a result of a ballot for industrial action by Unite members, an agreement has been reached with the company. Unite is therefore withdrawing the threat of strike action. Our members are satisfied that the company has listened to their concerns and has agreed to change practices which will halt strike action. This is the best outcome possible for all those involved.”

“Edinburgh’s citizens and tourists will be relieved to hear that fruitful talks have led to the withdrawal of strike action.  An agreement has been reached through positive consultation and negotiation rather than hard-nosed posturing.”

“Edinburgh Trams must be under no illusion about the strength and resolve of our members who deserve to be treated fairly and with dignity and respect.”

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