RAIL bosses are said to be “nearly there” with reaching a pay deal with unions.
More strikes are due next week but the source said a deal soon is not impossible[/caption]
One said: “Mick has been the most deal-minded he’s been. He needs a way out of the dispute.
“Rather than things just being dismissed, he’s been putting forward practical solutions.
There’s been talk of using language creatively to get a deal. We’re nearly there.”
More strikes are due next week but the source said a deal by February is not impossible.
Downing Street has said a fair agreement should not involve double-digit pay rises as that would “embed” inflation.
The PM’s spokesman reiterated that they wanted employers and unions to reach a reasonable compromise.
A 24-hour strike on West Midlands Trains ended this morning.
A walkout by TSSA members could disrupt Great Western Railway until midday.
Driving examiners launched a five-day strike with instructors walking out at 71 test centres.