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Our Ref: BR2/14/2
19th December 2012
ALL INDUSTRIAL ACTION IS SUSPENDED
BREAKDOWN IN INDUSTRIAL RELATIONS, TRAIN MANAGERS, SENIOR CONDUCTORS & ON BOARD CATERING Ė CROSS COUNTRY
Further to my letter dated 13th December 2012, I am happy to report that significant progress has been made in talks with Cross Country. I can confirm that your union and management have been able to move forwards on a number of issues at the heart of the dispute. Although progress has been made, further talks are required to reach a final settlement.
Having considered this matter, the unionís executive has decided to suspend the industrial action to allow these talks to take place. Therefore the strike action which was due to begin at midnight on Friday 21st December 2012 has been suspended. You are instructed to work as normal on 21st December 2012. I would like to reiterate that the union is only suspending the current strike action, if no progress is made in the talks with Cross Country, further industrial action may have to be called.
I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate you all on being prepared to stand firm against Cross Country; it is a testament to the solidarity of our members that we were able to make this progress. I will, of course, keep you fully advised on any further developments.