Strike action at the Communisis cheque printing operation in Crewe has been called off after Unite members and management settled a dispute over pay.
Workers initially voted in favour of strike action in August after rejecting an offer of an 8% pay increase over three years (2% in the first year and 3% each in the subsequent two years), citing the fact that the initial 2% rise was below the rate of inflation.
The union balloted its members, who make up around 60% of the 126-strong workforce at Crewe, over strike action, with just over three quarters voting in favour. As a result, on 14 August, Unite announced a series of 48-hour strikes and an overtime ban over a six-week period starting on 28 August.
However, action was suspended on 24 August so that Unite members and Communisis representatives could re-engage in negotiations.
Following fresh talks, Unite confirmed today (20 September) that members have accepted an improved offer of a 9% pay rise over three years, comprising three successive years of 3% increases.
Unite regional officer Darren Barton said: “I am pleased that Communisis’ management were prepared to listen to members’ concerns and made an improved pay offer. Their actions meant that strike action and any disruption to the company’s work was avoided.
“Unite hopes that these negotiations will bring in a new era of co-operation and that the relationship with the company can now be developed and strengthened.”
Communisis was unavailable for comment at the time of writing.