After a strong response to the direct pay offer, Caterpillar NI staff end their strike

Caterpillar confirmed that the strike at its manufacturing plant has ended.

After a strong response to the direct pay offer, Caterpillar NI staff end their strike

Caterpillar confirmed that the strike at its manufacturing plant has ended.

After the firm failed in negotiations with Unite, a direct pay offer was made to its Northern Ireland workforce.

The company stated Monday that the response to its offer was "strong and favorable".

The statement stated that "We are happy the union has cancelled its additional week of industrial action."

Since April, members of the Unite union have been striking against the firm in Larne, Belfast.

Caterpillar announced last week that it would be directly contacting the workforce after a 14-month-long process failed to resolve the issue.

The firm stressed that it was not trying to de-recognise unions.

It sent a letter to employees stating that it was not going to end its relationship with the union. They also stated that they were committed to continuing to use collective bargaining to determine future terms and conditions.

Caterpillar announced that it would offer a 9% increase in base salary effective from April 2022, and a lump sum equal to 2.6% wages earned between April 2021 and April 2022.

You can also cash in up two days of your annual leave.

George Brash, Unite's regional officer, said that the move was "a direct attack against the trade union" last week.

Workers at Interface Europe, Craigavon have now ended their week-long strike.

They overwhelmingly voted to accept a 15.25% pay rise.

After management rejected their 11% wage claim, workers went on strike.

Sharon Graham, Unite's general secretary, called it a "big win" and an "inflation busting pay hike" for all Interface members.

According to the union, the offer resulted in a real-terms improvement greater than 3.5%.

Neil Moore, Unite's regional officer, said that the strike was not about pay but workers "standing up to respect in their workplace".

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