Unions suspend planned Bank Holiday strike

The TSSA and RMT rail unions have suspended a planned Bank Holiday strike after receiving a new pay offer from Network Rail.

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Network Rail warns passengers to brace for strike

Network Rail has urged train passengers to brace themselves for a Bank Holiday strike by workers, as talks aimed at ending a pay row enter their third day.

The firm said it could not guarantee unions would call off the planned 24-hour walk-out from 5pm on Monday.

Meanwhile, Manuel Cortes, general secretary of the TSSA union - one of two set to take part in the walk-out - took to Twitter to assure followers representatives were working to find a "resolution to this dispute".

The two sides are holding talks at mediation service Acas, with Network Rail saying it was prepared to continue negotiating into the weekend if necessary.

Talks to avoid bank holiday rail strike are set to resume

Talks aimed at preventing tens of thousands of Network Rail staff striking on Bank Holiday Monday are set to continue later this morning.

Acas are set to return to talks over the proposed strike action. Credit: PA Wire

The RMT and TSSA unions are planning a 24-hour strike from 5pm on Monday 25th May over pay and redundancies.

Last night conciliation service Acas said the parties will resume the talks today.

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Network Rail challenge union's strike ballot

Network Rail are challenging the strike ballot of TSSA union over 'inaccuracies'.

They are due to restart talks at avoiding the bank holiday industrial action later today.

We have asked the TSSA to withdraw notice of their industrial action as we believe there are numerous defects in their ballot information. It is our intention to lodge an application with the court later today.

Network Rail has a responsibility to passengers, freight users and to the country as a whole to do everything we can to avert a strike.

Talks with the unions continue and we hope to reach a settlement, but we must explore all avenues at our disposal and that includes legal ones.

– Network Rail spokesperson

Talks to avoid bank holiday rail strike due to restart

Talks aiming to avert a bank holiday walkout by tens of thousands of Network Rail workers will continue later this morning.

The RMT and TSSA unions are planning a 24-hour strike from 5pm on Monday 25th May over pay and redundancies.

Last night conciliation service Acas said the parties will get back round a table today.

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Urgent talks to head off bank holiday rail strike begin

Britain faces a nationwide walkout Credit: Jonathan Brady / PA Wire

Talks aiming to avert a bank holiday walkout by tens of thousands of Network Rail workers have begun in an undisclosed location.

The RMT and TSSA unions are planning a 24-hour strike from 5pm on Monday 25 May over pay and redundancies.

Union leaders are now meeting with Network Rail bosses under the chairmanship of the conciliation service Acas.

Union and Network Rail leaders to meet to avert strike

Acas will hold the talks over the proposed strike Credit: PA Wire

Talks aimed at averting a strike by thousands of Network Rail workers over the bank holiday will be held tomorrow at the conciliation service.

The Rail, Maritime and Transport union is planning a 24-hour walkout on 25 May and a 48-hour ban on overtime which could bring rail services to a standstill the next day.

Members of the Transport Salaried Staffs' Association have also voted for a strike.

Union leaders will meet NR bosses for talks at Acas.

'Major communication breakdown' across rail network

The independent body in charge of peace talks between rail staff has confirmed it will hold a meeting to discuss a solution to the planned 24-hour strike on Monday.

However the leading union officer said he knew nothing of the plan earlier today.

And on the other side Network Rail and the train companies say they had not been informed of the strike dates.

ITV News Consumer Editor Chris Choi reports:

TSSA union members also back Network Rail strike

Members of the TSSA union have also voted in favour of a striking over rail workers pay.

Around 53% backed walkouts, and almost 80% were in favour of other forms of industrial action, in a turnout of more than 50%.

Conciliation service Acas will hold a meeting in London on Bank Holiday Monday, the day of the planned action, to try and resolve the dispute.

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