Union pulls strike after fresh talks with firm

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A STRIKE over pay has been called off after a council contractor made major concessions.

Members of construction union UCATT at Kier Services, a Gosport Borough Council contractor, had been due to take industrial action over changes to the day workers will be paid.

The firm planned to move its payday from the 15th of each month to the 28th.

Kier provides housing maintenance at the council.

UCATT has now called off the strike after further discussions with Kier.

It said the firm will now give workers a package of three loans.

UCATT balloted members from Gosport, North Tyneside, Stoke, Harlow, Islington and Southend last month.

In total, 74.4 per cent voted to support strike action and 86.3 per cent voted to support action short of a strike.

Steve Murphy, general secretary of UCATT, said the dispute was preventable.

A Kier spokeswoman said: ‘We’re pleased to have reached an agreement to the satisfaction to all parties.’