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Talks at AIB break down

The Labour Relations Commission has been asked to intervene after pay talks at Allied Irish Banks broke down.

Union chiefs believe bank management are sympathetic to their cause, but have suggested the negotiations are complicated by the fact that the bank is state-owned and any deal is subject to political approval.

It comes as a survey of 1,700 of the bank's staff found that 60pc ranked the issue of wage increases as very important.