Steel firm strike threat suspended


Published: Wednesday 17th June 2015 by The News Editor

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An overtime ban and work to rule by workers at a steel company, whose operations include one in Hull, have been put on hold.

The temporary suspension of industrial action at Tata Steel has been agreed so a fresh offer on workers’ final salary pension schemes can be looked at, the Community union says.

Four unions began a work to rule and overtime ban on June 16 and plan to walk out for 24 hours on June 22 over proposals to shut the schemes.

But they say talks with the firm – which has on operation on the Kingston International Business Park – and at the conciliation service ACAS have resulted in the tabling of a new offer that could now keep the schemes open.

Community’s national executive says the industrial action will now be suspended temporarily while it consults with its members on the new offer.

Its general secretary, Roy Rickhuss, says the union had always believed the challenges posed by the scheme could be overcome without closing it.

He says although the dispute isn’t yet over steps have been taken towards bringing it to an end.

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Published: Wednesday 17th June 2015 by The News Editor

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