LONDON, June 22 — Employees on the British train network around Liverpool have voted to accepted a 7.1 per cent pay deal, a union said today, after the first day of massive strikes across the region over pay.

"What this clearly shows is our union, and sister unions, are in no way a block on finding the solutions needed to avoid a summer of discontent on the railways," Transport Salaried Staff's Association's General Secretar Manuel Cortes said in a statement, on the Merseyrail deal. — Reuters