Union considers fresh offer in steel strike row

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Union considers fresh offer in steel strike row

Employees at Tata Steel in Corby are at work as usual this morning after a strike in the row over pensions was called off on Friday.

The GMB Union says it’s considering a new deal.

The overtime ban and work to rule from 6am on Saturday (20 June) and the strike action planned for today (Monday 22 June) have been called off.

Shop stewards agreed to suspend industrial action at Tata Steel for 28 days until 24th July to allow the consultation to take place. The unions are recommending that the deal is accepted.

Officials from the British Steel Pension Scheme will be conducting roadshows around Tata Steel sites to explain the new pensions offer. Unions will also to begin to put in place arrangements to ballot members on the proposals.

Dave Hulse, GMB National Officer, told Connect FM

“We always told Tata Steel that closing the scheme was unacceptable but it took the unity and resolve of trade union members to make them listen.

“Now we ve got a deal that means the scheme is open, the importance of early retirement is recognised and the challenges faced by the scheme are addressed. Of course now it s up to our members but the unions are recommending acceptance.”

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