Ards and North Down strike averted as new pay deal is accepted

Strike action in Ards and North Down councils was halted after GMB members voted in favor of a revised salary offer.

The union said the last thing anyone wanted was a strike, but these workers are desperate, union GMB says

GMB was in the process of electing members for industrial action in a wage dispute.

But each strike was stopped after Ards and North Down Borough Council and union members from GMB, NIPSA and Unite reached an agreement.

To support employees in the current economic crisis, pay grades will be increased by one grade for all eligible pay grades. This applies from April 1st, 2022.

The council will make two hardship payments of £666 gross to eligible staff.

The first payment is scheduled for October 2022 and the second payment around April 1, 2023.

Alan Perry, GMB organizer, said: “The last thing anyone wanted was a strike in Ards and North Down. But these workers were desperate.

“This deal is welcome and will help workers keep a roof over their heads – although it will not offset two decades of real wage cuts they have suffered.” Ards and North Down strike averted as new pay deal is accepted

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