Unions in Acas rail strike talks
Talks aimed at averting a strike by thousands of Network Rail workers over the bank holiday have started at an undisclosed location.
The Rail, Maritime and Transport (RMT) union is planning a 24-hour walkout from 5pm on next Monday, and a 48-hour ban on overtime.
The union is warning that rail services will be at a standstill on Tuesday morning, after Bank Holiday Monday, if the strike goes ahead.
Union members have rejected a four-year deal worth £500 this year and three years of increases matching RPI inflation, as well as a no-compulsory-redundancy commitment to December 2016.
Members of the Transport Salaried Staffs' Association (TSSA) have also voted for a strike.
Union leaders were meeting Network Rail (NR) bosses for talks under the chairmanship of the conciliation service Acas.
TSSA members will also strike for 24 hours from 5pm on Bank Holiday Monday, with an overtime ban from Tuesday, if the Acas talks fail.