Meanwhile, postal workers' leaders were due to meet today to decide whether to order a new round of strikes to follow the 24-hour stoppages scheduled for Friday and next Monday. Talks yesterday aimed at ending the prolonged dispute over management's productivity plans were said to be "difficult".Reuse content
Strikes by guards and catering crews, which yesterday caused the cancellation of around a half the services of seven train operators, are set to spread to a further nine companies. Timetables affected yesterday were those run by ScotRail; Regional Railways North East; North West Regional Railways; CrossCountry Trains; North London Railways; South Wales and West Trains and Merseyrail Electrics. Strike ballots are to begin this week at Anglia Railways; Cardiff Railways; Gatwick Express; Great Eastern Railways; Inter-City West Coast; London Tilbury and Southend Rail, Midland Main Line; South West Trains and Thames Trains. The result is due in mid- September.