"The prospect of a national rail strike during Easter loomed larger yesterday after maintenance workers voted in favour of a walkout.
"The RMT union refused to rule out a bank holiday strike by thousands of Network Rail staff, and they could be joined by 5,500 signal workers whose ballot result is announced next week.
"Meanwhile, British Airways is facing a second potential dispute alongside its row with cabin crew after the Unite union said last night that it planned to hold a consultative ballot among thousands of BA ground services staff, including baggage handlers, over new contracts. If union members voted in favour, there would then be an industrial action ballot within weeks, although the airline said that talk of such a vote was "speculative and premature".
"A source close to fraught peace talks between the airline and Unite said that informal discussions about averting the cabin crew walkout were continuing, with the possibility that strike dates would not be announced today."