Yorkshire Water pay strike averted

The threat of industrial action by Yorkshire Water staff has been lifted after the company agreed an average pay rise of over 3 per cent.

The biggest beneficiaries will be lower paid staff earning £12,000 a year or less who will receive rises of up to 6.3 per cent.

Chris Lamb, regional officer in Yorkshire and Humberside for Unison – which represents 1,300 of the 1,700 union members in the workforce – said members were pleased with the offer.

“The negotiations have been quite lengthy and members did vote to take industrial action if a satisfactory settlement was not reached,” said Lamb.

Yorkshire Water’s managing director Kevin Whiteman said the company was delighted that a sensible resolution to the long-running dispute had been reached.

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