In response to the RMT announcement to ballot for industrial action on First Great Western, a First Great Western spokesman said:
"We are astonished that the RMT has decided not to respond to the proposals we put to them to resolve these issues, and instead call a ballot for industrial action. We have been around the table extensively over the past six months, and we have meetings scheduled with the RMT leadership next week.
"In the meantime we would be delighted if the RMT could share a formal response to the package of proposals we gave them in January, so we can better understand how we might be able to move forward with some urgency.
"We are very keen to find a resolution to issues raised and avoid unnecessary disruption for customers, but it is very difficult without having a single response on the proposals put forward."