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UK’s Harper Meets With Rail Unions in Bid to Defuse Strikes

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A traveler passes a picket line at Euston station in London, in June.

A traveler passes a picket line at Euston station in London, in June.

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UK Transport Secretary Mark Harper met with labor union leaders in a bid to defuse the threat of further rail strikes in a dispute over pay and conditions.

Mick Lynch, general secretary of the National Union of Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers, described the meeting on Thursday as “positive” and said Harper had committed to writing to him later in the day to spell out what steps will be taken toward resolving the dispute.