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Network Rail in new talks with union to prevent rail strike

Union leaders will meet railway bosses for new talks aimed at averting strikes by rail workers in a dispute over pay.

The first national strike since the 1990s may be avoided Credit: PA

Members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport (RMT) union at Network Rail 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.

A Network Rail spokesman said the company and the RMT have agreed to meet at the conciliation service Acas later today to try to resolve the dispute and avert strike action.

A previous strike planned for the spring bank holiday was suspended after Network Rail (NR) tabled a fresh pay offer.

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Flight forced to perform u-turn over cabin crew illness

An easyJet plane has been forced to return to Luton Airport. Credit: PA

An easyJet plane has been forced to return to Luton Airport after several cabin crew members reported feeling unwell.

The EZY 2083 flight was destined for Tel Aviv in Israel but had to perform a u-turn.

The airline said that the crew are currently being assessed as a "precautionary measure".

They also said that the flight will now leave tomorrow.

"easyJet can confirm that flight EZY 2083 from Luton to Tel Aviv today has returned to Luton as a precautionary measure due to cabin crew members feeling unwell.

The crew are currently being assessed by medical staff as a precautionary measure. The flight will be delayed overnight and passengers will be provided with overnight accommodation and meals.

The safety and welfare of our passengers and crew is our highest priority. We would apologise for any inconvenience experienced by the delay."

– easyJet


Rail workers to strike next month

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 June 4 and for 48 hours from the same time on 9th 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, sparking travel chaos across the country.

Spanish air traffic controllers to strike for four days in June

Spanish air traffic controllers are to strike over four days in June, a union spokeswoman had said.

Spanish air traffic controllers will strike on four days in June Credit: PA Wire

They will strike on on June 8, 10, 12 and 14 for two hours each morning and two hours each afternoon in industrial action across the country.

The workers are to strike over a dispute on penalties given by airport operator AENA to controllers for a 2010 strike.

Eiffel Tower shuts down as workers strike over pickpockets

The Eiffel Tower has closed for the day after workers went on strike to protest a surge in the number of aggressive pickpockets at the popular tourist attraction, The Associated Press reports.

Thousands of visitors climb the iconic tower in the centre of Paris every day - but staff say they have noticed a rise in the number of tourists being targeted by petty thieves.

The Eiffel Tower is closed for the day Credit: PA

The company which manages the landmark has said it is working with police to reach a solution to allow it to reopen.

It comes just a day after authorities in the city claimed crime against tourists had dropped this year after they reinforced the police presence on the streets and increased CCTV monitoring.

The attraction is usually open every day of the year, save for the occasional bomb threat.


TSSA rail union suspends Bank Holiday strike action

The TSSA - one of the two rail unions - planning strike action over the Bank Holiday has suspended the action after receiving a new pay offer from Network Rail.

One of the rail unions planning strike action has suspended its plans. Credit: PA Wire

Members of the Transport Salaried Staffs Association were due to walk out for 24 hours from 5pm on Monday.

But after talks with Network Rail, Manuel Cortes, general secretary of the TSSA, confirmed that the union had suspended the action,

The RMT, which represents most Network Rail employees, is still to announce if the strike is going ahead.

'Deal could be close' to avert planned rail strike

ITV News' Business Editor Joel Hills has learned that Network Rail has tabled a new pay offer to RMT, Unite and TSSA unions in a bid to avert next week's planned strike.

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