BOMBARDIER staff have agreed to postpone strike action at Crewe Works after talks between the union Amicus and Bombardier management reached a compromise.
Workers at the site announced they were to boycott overtime two weeks ago in a bid to force bosses to come clean about the plant's future.
But with the firm struggling to meet deadlines for rail repairs, workers were urged to resume normal working hours.
Following crisis talks it has been announced that a joint working party between the union and the management is to be formed in a fresh effort to secure the future of the plant's 1,000 workers.
Local Amicus union chairman Alan Davies said it was a 'step forward.' He added: 'We realised our tactics had to change because the strikes were causing the works more harm than good. It is now time for the company to act accordingly.'
'As far as we are concerned, actions speak louder than words so the sooner the joint working party is set up, the better.'
'There are still several angry men on site but we have agreed to trust the management one more time.'
Bombardier spokeswoman Heidi Lee said she was pleased with the outcome and that talks were conducted in an 'atmo-sphere of co-operation.'
She said: 'Dialogue was constructive and participants confirmed their desire to find a long-term secure future for staff.'
'It was agreed that a joint working party be established to examine all options related to the future of the businesses at the site.'
'It was also agreed that a ballot of the workforce for a mandate for industrial action would not take place while the joint working party was in progress.'
Bombardier has confirmed that it is in talks with another firm about the sale of the Crewe site's busy brakes department.
The employees were told in June 2004 to improve performance within 90 days or face closure after massive losses were recorded.