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Primark workers in Northern Ireland suspend planned strike action

Strike action by staff at Primark’s eight stores in Northern Ireland has been called off following an eleventh hour offer tabled by the company.

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Primark workers in Northern Ireland suspend planned strike action

Strike action by staff at Primark’s eight stores in Northern Ireland has been called off following an eleventh hour offer tabled by the company.

The shop workers union Usdaw said the planned strike was suspended after talks led to Primark making an offer which the union will now put to a ballot of its members.

If accepted, the offer will see the hourly rate of pay for shop-floor workers at Primark rise from the current £6.84 an hour to £7.14 an hour from April this year. This includes a 1% increase from 1 January 2012 followed by a further increase of 1.88% from April 2012. In addition, and also from this April, the current Christmas bonus of one week’s pay will instead be incorporated into the basic hourly rate, to give all shop floor workers a total hourly rate of £7.14 an hour.

Two weeks ago, Usdaw members voted 88% in favour of taking strike action in protest at Primark’s decision to impose a pay freeze for a second year running.

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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