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Fresh talks aim to avert another rail strike

Further talks are being held today in an attempt to avert another strike. Credit: Nick Ansell/PA Wire

Rail services have returned to normal after a 24-hour strike disrupted First Great Western services in the region.

Members of the RMT Union walked out in an ongoing dispute over the introduction of high speed trains in 2017. 30% of Sunday services were affected.

Further talks are being held in Bristol today in an attempt to avert another strike.

A three-day stoppage is planned over the Bank Holiday weekend by the RMT union, on top of yesterday's action.

The dispute is over the buffet service and the role of guards on new electric trains being introduced in 2017.


Train cleaners on strike

First Great Western train cleaners walked out at 6 am Credit: ITV News West Country

Train cleaners on First Great Western services have just started a 24 hour-strike for improved pay.

They've rejected a 2% offer from sub-contractors Mitie.

The RMT union members are also calling for an end to zero-hours contracts which offer no guarantee on working hours.