UK - Network Rail will hold emergency talks with union chiefs tomorrow in a bid to avert strike action over pensions.
The company has agreed to meet with officials from the RMT after a ballot showed 58% support strike action over the closure of its final salary scheme to new entrants.
The RMT had not ruled out strikes over the Bank Holiday weekend if the company did not agree to negotiate.
Spokesman Derek Kotz said: “During Friday’s preliminary talks all parties will set out their positions and arguments and if successful, we will commence in-depth talks next week.”
He added: “It is a good sign that they have agreed to talk, because up until now they have refused to do so.”
The union wants the final salary scheme, which was replaced with a DC fund from April 1, reopened.
Network Rail said strikes would prove deeply damaging.
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