Tata Steel workers’ strike suspended

Tata Steel, Brenda Road, Hartlepool. Picture By FRANK REID

Tata Steel, Brenda Road, Hartlepool. Picture By FRANK REID

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A planned strike by Tata Steel workers has been suspended.

Members of Community, Unite, the GMB and Ucatt were due to walk out on Monday in protest at plans to close their final salary pension scheme.

They will be balloted over a new offer, which unions said keeps the British Steel pension scheme open.

The unions are recommending that the deal is accepted.

The decision to suspend the strike was taken at a meeting in London of 100 senior trade union delegates from across the company.

The new pension offer had been reached earlier this week following talks between Tata Steel and the unions facilitated by the conciliation service Acas.

Officials from the British Steel pension scheme will be conducting road shows around Tata Steel sites next week to explain the new offer.

Tata Steel has a plant in Brenda Road in Hartlepool.