Striking Daily News unions prepared for do-or-die talks Thursday with British Publisher Robert Maxwell, who has agreed to buy the troubled tabloid if he can reach agreements to end the strike.

Maxwell plans to meet separately Thursday with representatives of each of the nine striking unions. The publisher will not bring lawyers or accountants to the talks in hope that progress can be made toward agreements. On Tuesday, Maxwell signed a letter of intent to buy the News, which has been losing an estimated $700,000 a day.