Tram drivers have called off a strike planned for this Thursday (May 9) following talks with management.

The ASLEF union announced this afternoon that after talks with FirstGroup, the firm operating the system, strike action this week will not go ahead.

Drivers warned last week a ‘summer strike of action’ may plague trams if the ongoing dispute over pay and conditions is not resolved.

On Thursday, May 1, more than 50 ASLEF members picketed at the depot at Coomber Way

A spokesman said tram drivers feel “undervalued and ignored” and have concerns about pay, fatigue and new working practices.

He added: “Instead of engaging in macho posturing, FirstGroup managers, who are responsible for operating the system, should get back around the table to try to find a solution that is acceptable to the women and men who work hard to deliver the service.

“Management have to take their concerns seriously and engage with ASLEF if they want industrial relations to improve and avoid a summer of strike action.”

Talks between parties will continue this week.