Strikes by Croydon Tramlink engineers have been suspended after Transport for London (TfL) agreed to engage in talks over pay disparities with Unite.

Five days of strikes scheduled to begin this Sunday (March 24) have been suspended.

If the talks do not result in an offer that meets the engineers’ expectations, strike action will take place from Sunday, May 5 to Thursday, May 9, and Thursday, July 11, to Monday, July 15.

Unite regional officer Bruce Swann said: “As a sign of good faith, our members have agreed to suspend strike action after TfL said it would meaningfully negotiate with Unite over pay disparities.

“Strike action will occur during May and July, however, if a satisfactory outcome is not reached during the talks.”

Navid Golshan, TfL’s General Manager for London Trams, said: “We are pleased that Unite the Union has suspended their industrial action by the London Trams engineers. 

"This is good news for our customers in south London and we will continue to work closely with all trade union representatives to address concerns and avoid disruption."