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SOUTH West Trains has called on trade union RMT to withdraw its ballot for industrial action over the London 2012 Olympic games.

The service met with union officials yesterday and provided assurances over staffing, rosters and overtime arrangements during the Olympic and Paralympic games.

RMT is calling for industrial action over a 4.75 per cent pay deal covering arrangements during the two events.

A South West Trains spokesman said: ‘The RMT is trying to create a dispute to renegotiate a generous 4.75 per cent pay deal it agreed only four months ago.

‘We believe this is a matter of integrity and promises made in agreeing any deal should not be broken.

‘The union was forced to accept that we have not in any way reneged on the pay deal.

‘What we will absolutely not do is re-negotiate a deal that has already been agreed.

‘On that basis, this is a non–dispute and we have formally written to the RMT calling on them to withdraw their unnecessary ballot for industrial action.’