Northern Ireland

Primark strike action called off

Primark shop front
Image caption Primark employees had planned to strike over the bank holiday weekend

The two-day strike by Primark staff in Northern Ireland has been cancelled.

Employees had been expected to walk-out on Friday and Saturday in a row over a two-year pay freeze.

The shopworkers union, Usdaw said the suspension of strike action follows an eleventh hour pay offer to employees by the company.

Primark's eight stores in Northern Ireland had looked likely to be closed for the weekend.

Two weeks ago, 88% of Usdaw members voted in favour of the two-day strike action.

Talks between Usdaw and Primark took place at the Labour Relations Agency (LRA) on Thursday and an offer, which will be put to members, was made.

Nicola Scarborough, Usdaw area organiser said: "After lengthy but constructive negotiations held at the LRA today, Primark has tabled an offer that we have agreed to put to our members in a ballot.

"As a result, we have also agreed to suspend the industrial action planned for this weekend in order for our members to consider the offer from the company.

"We think this offer is the best that can be achieved through negotiation."

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