Manchester Metrolink workers in pay win

Manchester Metrolink dispute ends as workers accept improved pay offer

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The Manchester Metrolink dispute has ended after workers accepted an improved pay offer.

The 600 plus members of Unite at the company have accepted an offer of a 6.5 per cent pay increase and a £1,000 one off payment. The deal is worth over nine per cent for many of the workers.

Unite general secretary Sharon Graham said, “This deal demonstrates the value of being in Unite. Our members at Metrolink by standing together in unity left the employer with no option but to return to the negotiating table and make an improved offer.

“This is a further example of how Unite’s total focus on the jobs, pay and conditions is paying direct financial dividends for its members.”

The workforce had overwhelmingly voted for strike action which would have taken place the weekend of 10-11 June. However, following the improved offer, the strike was suspended to allow the workers to vote on the deal.

Unite regional officer Colin Hayden said, “This was an important dispute and Unite will build on this settlement in future pay negotiations with Metrolink.”

By Barckley Sumner