Armagh, Banbridge and Craigavon Council strike action deferred following last ditch talks

Potential strikes in Armagh, Banbridge and Craigavon ​​council have been postponed to allow further negotiations over pay.

The strikes were originally due to start on August 10, with unions arguing that their workers were suffering from the cost of living crisis and a salary offer from the council was not fair.

However, fresh talks are now on the agenda after a last-ditch meeting involving unions, local councils and local MLA and Ulster Unionist Party leader Doug Beattie.

New talks will begin, supported by the Employment Relations Agency.

Alan Perry of the GMB union said he was “hopeful that these new talks will result in significant management changes”.

“As such, we have suspended our strike action. Working people deserve fair pay amid the worst cost-of-living crisis in decades.

“I would like to thank the local councils and MLA for their supportive work on this matter.”

A statement from Unite the Union added: “Local councils from all major parties and the local MLA, as well as UUP party leader Doug Beattie, have agreed to meet with the joint unions.

“As a result of their positive intervention, unions due to take industrial action on 10/08/22 have agreed to postpone their action to allow for intensive negotiations, which are supported by the LRA.

“We would like to give you our appreciation for this action on record.

“The union side hopes that these discussions will lead to a positive outcome and a resolution of all elements of the dispute.”

Commenting on the decision on Friday, Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon ​​Borough Council Chief Executive Roger Wilson said: “Elected members and council leadership welcome this positive development and remain committed to further meaningful discussions with all unions in the years to come days.

“Our goal has always been to achieve a satisfactory solution for all employees, residents and businesses in the district.” Armagh, Banbridge and Craigavon Council strike action deferred following last ditch talks

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