Bus staff at Go North East called off their planned strike action at the last moment today after bosses made an improved pay offer.
Unite union members at firm, which is on course to increase its profits to £7.4 million this year, had been set to walk out on Friday, Saturday and Monday.
Go North East chiefs have offered a two per cent increase from July 1 last year, backdated, with a further 0.5 per cent kicking in on April 1 and a third rise of two per cent from July 1.
The new offer, which is being recommended by Unite, will be put to a ballot of members on Monday and the ballot will close on Tuesday.
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