Talks aimed at averting a series of walkouts by train drivers at a leading rail operator are to be held this week.
Train drivers’ union Aslef said it will meet bosses at First Great Western on Wednesday, to try to resolve a dispute over hours.
The union has called industrial action for 3, 11 and 19 October which, it has warned, would halt trains into and out of London’s Paddington station.
Aslef district organiser Stan Moran said the union was always prepared to discuss its claim for a four-day working week.
But he warned there was little point in meeting if the company was not prepared to take a more “flexible” approach.
“I hope they intend to bring something new to the table. It would only add to the frustration felt by our members if management is trying to stall the action without making any progress,” he said.