Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Housing Group Strike Called Off

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Housing Group Strike Called Off

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Byline: Dave Robson Senior Reporter

UNION members at social housing group Thirteen have called off strike action.

After a mass meeting of Unite and UCATT union members at Middlesbrough's Marton Hotel and Country Club, it was agreed to accept new terms offered by the group, which manages thousands of homes across Teesside.

Around 300 staff walked out on strike last month, with picket lines manned at the Thirteen office on Hudson Quay, Middlesbrough, and Tristar's Northshore office in Stockton, and more industrial action was threatened as part of an ongoing pay dispute.

The dispute affected repairs and maintenance at the housing firm.

A proposed one day strike was called off on Monday as an "act of has resolved the dispute as far as they are concerned.

"At the meeting on Monday, it was decided no more industrial action will take place in regard to this dispute."

Mr Routledge said several "detrimental" terms and conditions had been revised by the company's new offer, including overtime payments over 37 hours to now be time and a half rather than single time, as well as the removal of some "flexibility clauses" which would have allowed bosses to change terms and conditions by giving notice, rather than by negotiation. …

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