Hopes have risen that a threatened strike by prison officers in Northern Ireland may be averted.
The prospect of a resolution to the dispute over disciplinary measures arising from a prisoner suicide and more general sick leave issues looked more likely after a meeting between a union leader and Prisons Minister Paul Goggins.
Finlay Spratt from the Prison Officers Association (POA) said the minister had tabled a number of “positive” proposals in a bid to address members' concerns.
However, he said, a decision on whether to ditch plans for a walk out would not be taken until he met with POA committee members today.
Any strike by prison officers would be unlawful.
“It was a very positive meeting,” said Mr Spratt.
“The minister made certain proposals to me which I will relay to the committee.”