Rail union RMT called off a strike ballot over Olympic payments on First Great Western today after hammering out a new agreement ensuring that all workers throughout the service will secure additional benefits.
The agreement, reached after extensive negotiation with union representatives, will see staff receive a flat-rate payment for the Olympic period.
The payment comes in addition to enhanced payments for additional services being run by First Great Western and in recognition of the busy periods expected.
But the RMT said talks on Greater Anglia have so far failed to produce an acceptable offer. The union added that balloting on South West Trains is also continuing with results due on the July 19.
RMT leader Bob Crow said: "The First Great Western deal is a massive breakthrough that fully appreciates the additional pressure on every member of the staff team.
"Greater Anglia and South West Trains need to look closely at the details of this agreement and others on the train operating companies, and recognise that an inclusive rather than a divisive approach works for everyone."
Foreign Minister Alistair Burt's admission that the Cameron government has "supported" a survey of attitudes to US drone strikes in Pakistan's tribal areas amounts to a tacit admission of British involvement.