Opera company staff settle for a three-year deal

Staff at the English National Opera (ENO) have agreed a three-year pay deal after ongoing threats of strike action.

The agreement includes a 3% pay rise, backdated to August 2005, and a slight increase in employer’s pension contributions.

Bectu union members had originally demanded a 5% rise but suspended plans for a strike last month after union officials and ENO management met to discuss working conditions.

Willy Donaghy, supervisory official for Bectu, said: “This new deal is a testament to the unity of our members at ENO.

“The offer includes pay increases in real terms for each of the next three years.”

The company has suffered financial and management problems for the past two years.

In November 2005 Sean Doran, chief executive and artistic director, stood down after two years in the job.

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