Huntingdonshire strikes suspended after improved offer

Huntingdonshire District Council workers have suspended strikes scheduled to start next week to consider an improved pay offer, UNISON announced today.

Staff had been due to walk out for two weeks after months of pay talks ended with an offer that UNISON said would leave workers struggling to make ends meet.

The council had offered staff a rise of 4% plus a one-off payment of £1,000 but presented fresh proposals during talks earlier today.

Strikes have been paused to allow workers to consider a variety of different options now on the table, says the union.

UNISON Eastern regional organiser Cameron Matthews said: “Striking is always a last resort so we’re glad council bosses came back to the table with an improved offer.

“All the different options being presented still fall short of what workers are asking for, but they’re a step in the right direction.

“Staff will now vote on the proposals, deciding whether to accept one of the new offers or press ahead with industrial action.”