Talks on rail strike adjourned
Talks aimed at averting strikes by rail workers in a dispute over pay have been adjourned and will resume tomorrow.
Members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport (RMT) union at Network Rail (NR) are due to walk out for 24 hours from next Thursday evening and 48 hours the following week, threatening travel chaos after a new pay offer was rejected.
The two sides agreed to meet at the conciliation service Acas to try to resolve the dispute and avert strike action.
The workers, including signallers and maintenance staff, are also planning to ban overtime from June 6-12.
Mick Cash, general secretary of the RMT, said in a message to members: "Your negotiating team was invited to further discussions at Acas on the Network Rail dispute at short notice this afternoon.
"Discussions have commenced and our full team will be in London on Saturday morning to take the negotiations forward.
"RMT is fully committed to achieving a negotiated settlement and will be available in London for discussions for the whole weekend and beyond in order to achieve a settlement."
A planned strike over this week's bank holiday was suspended after Network Rail tabled a fresh pay offer.
NR originally offered a four-year deal - £500 this year, followed by three years of increases in line with RPI inflation.
The new offer was for two years - a 1% rise this year and around 1.4% next year, with no compulsory redundancies for the duration of the agreement.
An Acas spokesman said: "Talks took place at the conciliation service Acas this afternoon to attempt to resolve the Network Rail dispute. These talks adjourned early evening and will reconvene tomorrow morning."