MORE than 300 tram drivers and supervisors on the Metrolink network are set to go on strike on the day of the Manchester Marathon, the union Unite has said.

Unite members will take action on Sunday, October 10 over a pay dispute.

Union said talks with contractor Keolis/Amey broke down on Thursday after a pay offer was not increased.

Unite general secretary Sharon Graham said: “Metrolink’s workers have continued to keep Manchester moving during the pandemic. They deserve fair pay."

Competitors and spectators have already been advised by the marathon organisers to use the tram system because road closures in the city will cause disruption for bus passengers and car drivers.

Unite has also announced strikes for Friday, October 15 and Monday, October 18, and a further strike on Sunday, October 24 when Manchester United play Liverpool at Old Trafford.

The union said the initial pay offer amounted to a one per cent increase for a 15 month period but argue that in reality it is real-term pay cut when inflation is taken into account. Unite is calling for a "respectful and decent pay offer" to be tabled.

TfGM’s Head of Metrolink, Danny Vaughan, said: “If you are heading out, on public transport or in the car, please plan ahead and allow extra time. Roads and services will be busier, particularly in Trafford, Salford and Manchester city centre, and delays are expected. 

“We’re working closely with organisers and operators to help keep people moving, but whether going to an event or not, the main thing people can do to ensure their journey is as smooth as possible, is to check and plan in advance.

“We’ll have lots of customer information available on our website and across our social media channels to help people make informed journey choices and encourage you to think carefully before making any journeys this weekend, and to cycle or walk where possible, especially for shorter trips. “

KeolisAmey Metrolink (KAM) – the tram operator – is aiming to run a limited service on Sunday, subject to driver availability, that will prioritise race participants and spectators heading to the Manchester Marathon