TRAM workers in Edinburgh have cancelled festive strike action after a deal was reached with managers over bullying claims.

Last month the Unite union said a “hostile and aggressive management culture” was driving workers to fear for their jobs. Edinburgh Trams denied that disciplinary action taken against some staff had been “unreasonable and unjust”.

Now Christmas and New Year stoppages are off the timetable after Edinburgh Trams and Unite agreed to an “overhaul” of sickness and capability policies.

Unite regional officer Lyn Turner commented: “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 of those involved.

She added: “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.”

The strike had been due to take place in the “run-up” to Christmas and last until the end of the year.

Almost 70% of Unite members favoured industrial action, with an 89% turnout for the ballot.

Lea Harrison, managing director of Edinburgh Trams, said: “We are pleased with the constructive conversations we’ve had with Unite.

“Safety is our number one priority. We continue to develop our policies and procedures in co-operation with Unite in line with best practice which ensure the safety of both our colleagues and customers.

“We’re now looking forward to working together over a busy festive season with more trams than ever before including our popular free all night trams on Hogmanay.”