Industrial action could yet be avoided by workers at Tata Steel.
The latest twist in the row has developed so that a new offer on pensions can be considered.
Unions said it came during talks at the conciliation service Acas, and continuing dialogue with the company which has a plant at Brenda Road in Hartlepool.
Negotiators secured a new offer which they said means the pension scheme would remain open.
Community’s national executive agreed the company had shifted its position to an extent that industrial action could be suspended temporarily and members consulted on the revised offer.
Consultation will begin with a meeting of senior union delegates from across the company on Friday. Industrial action was being considered in protest at the closure of the final salary pension scheme.