Portsmouth MMD workers reach deal with firm over contracts row

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AN agreement has been reached in the dispute over workers’ contracts at Portsmouth shipping firm MMD.

Company bosses say they are ‘pleased’ negotiations with Unison have resulted in a deal that removes the threat of industrial action, and sets out an agreement for the next two years.

In a joint statement with MMD, Unison says members working at MMD have voted overwhelmingly in favour of the offer – though details have not been revealed.

A raft of other measures has also been agreed, say MMD officials, that will help ensure the long-term future of the company at the port as it looks to adapt to ‘competitive and changing market conditions’.

It comes after a three-day strike over changes in workers’ duties was called off last month so negotiations could be carried out.