Kier workers call off strike action after concessions made

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Workers at council contractor Kier Services have called off strike action over plans to change their pay date.

Construction union UCATT said members voted by almost three to one in favour of a strike but after "fresh major concessions" suspended action.

Council services in Harlow, Islington, North Tyneside, Gosport, and Stoke-on-Trent would have been affected.

The firm wants to change pay days from the 15th to the 28th of the month and said it would offer loans to help.

Dispute 'entirely preventable'

A spokesperson for Kier said: "We're pleased to have reached an agreement to the satisfaction to all parties."

UCATT said the dispute arose after Kier, which provides staff to carry out maintenance and repairs for councils, failed to enter into "meaningful negotiations".

In a ballot, 74.4% of union members voted to support a strike and 86.3% voted to support industrial action short of a walk-out.

The union said Kier had offered three loan deals which had been overwhelmingly supported at mass meetings in all the areas that would have been affected.

Steve Murphy, general secretary of UCATT, said: "Kier has seen sense and listened to the genuine concerns of our members.

"This dispute was entirely preventable. Through negotiations we have reached agreement which will result in no detriment to the workers concerned."

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