Ards and North Downs strikes averted after new deal

Posted by GMB Admin
Wednesday 21 September 2022
GMB Trade Union - Ards and North Downs strikes averted after new deal

The last thing anyone wanted was a strike, but these workers were desperate

Strike action in Ards and North Down councils have been averted after GMB members voted in favour of a new pay deal. 

GMB were in the process of balloting members for industrial action in a dispute over pay. 

But any walkout has been stopped after Ards and North Down Borough Council and the union members from GMB, NIPSA and Unite struck a deal as follows: 

 entered into the following local pay agreement to assist employees in the current economic crisis: 

  • Pay grades will be lifted by one increment for all eligible grades. This will take effect as from 1 April 2022.  

  • The Council will make two hardship payments of £666 gross to eligible employees.  The first payment is due to be made in October 2022 and the second payment around 1 April 2023. 

Alan Perry, GMB Organiser, said: 

“The last thing anyone wanted was a strike in Ards and North Down. But these workers were desperate. 

“This deal is welcome and will help workers keep a roof over their heads – although it will not make up for two decades of real terms pay cuts they’ve suffered.” 

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