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FGW strike set to go ahead

A strike by workers at First Great Western is set to go ahead this weekend Credit: PA

A strike by workers at First Great Western is set to go ahead this weekend after talks failed to resolve a row over new trains.

Members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport union will walk out for 24 hours on Sunday, disrupting services.

A union spokesman said: "Despite strenuous efforts we have failed to reach agreement with First Great Western on the fundamental issues at the heart of the dispute over the introduction of the new Hitachi trains. As a result the action this Sunday goes ahead. The union remains available for talks."

"We have held a positive meeting with the RMT today and while, disappointingly, no agreement has been reached, we plan to meet again on Monday. This means that the strike action planned by the RMT on Sunday is likely to go ahead.

"Trains will run to an amended timetable, with around 70% of our regular Sunday service running. Customers should check before they travel. The brand new Super Express Trains will deliver more seats, faster journey times and more frequent journeys for our passengers. "Our plans mean more train managers and customer hosts on board our trains, not less."

– First Great Western spokesman

Union members are also due to strike over the Bank Holiday weekend. The union says new trains will lead to job losses and cuts to on board catering.

Railway workers to stage two strikes next month

A new pay offer has been rejected Credit: ITV

RMT workers are to stage a 24-hour and 48-hour strike next month after rejecting a new pay offer from Network Rail.

Members of the union at Network Rail will walk out for 24 hours from 5pm on 4 June and for 48 hours from the same time on 9 June.

The workers - including signallers and maintenance staff - will also ban any overtime between 6 - 12 June.

The industrial action is expected to cause widespread disruption to rail travel.



French strike could cause delays in Dover

The Port of Dover is advisng customers and the local community of potential industrial action in the Port of Calais on Monday 8th December 2014, currently suggested to be between 08h00 and 18h00 local time. This may have an adverse impact on ferry services and capacity at the Port of Dover.

It is unclear how severely services may be affected. The Port of Calais does intend to keep a number of berths open for use throughout the day, although the number may be less than usual. Customers wishing to travel on Monday are strongly advised, where possible, to travel ahead of the possible action period.

Port of Calais strike Credit: PA

The Port of Dover, together with its major ferry partners, will do all that it can to minimise any customer delays and community impact but some disruption should be anticipated from a situation beyond its control.

Due to the current high volumes of seasonal traffic and the potential disruption, there may be queues on the approach roads to the Port of Dover. Customers are therefore advised to allow plenty of time for their journey and the community should consider using alternative local routes to move around the area where possible.

Delays expected at the Port of Dover Credit: PA

Broadmoor prison officers to go on strike

Broadmoor high security psychiatric hospital Credit: ITV Meridian

Prison officers at Broadmoor are set to go on strike in a bitter dispute with the Government over health workers' pay.

Members of the Prison Officers Association will walk out of the high security psychiatric hospital in Berkshire between 7am and 11am this morning.

The dispute centres on the Government's controversial decision not to accept a recommended 1% wage increase for all NHS staff. The Prison Officers Association say a "high proportion" of its 1,300 members involved in the dispute will not receive a pay rise this year.

No fire call outs during strike in Berkshire

Firefighters in Berkshire only received one call during its two houre strike this lunchtime.

The Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service joined fire services in industrial action over pensions between midday and 2pm today. During that time, the service received one call regarding a domestic automated fire alarm, but firefighters didn't need to attend.

The next strike period runs from 10.59 pm until 11.59 pm tonight and this pattern will continue every day up to and including 16 August.

More firefighter strikes today across the south

Firefighters will take further industrial action this week Credit: Philip Toscano/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Firefighters across the south will launch a fresh wave of strikes today in a bitter row with the Government over pensions, with no sign of a breakthrough in the long running dispute.

Members of the Fire Brigades Union will walk out for two hours at noon and again for an hour at 11pm. Strikes will be held for the same times over the next eight days.

Fire brigades will again put contingency plans in place, including using contract staff. Fewer fire engines will be available during the action.

The union has been campaigning for the past few years against controversial Government plans to change pensions. The FBU claims firefighters will have to work longer and receive lower pensions when they retire. The union accused the Government of "walking away" from talks earlier this week.

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