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.