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Baxi workers call off action

Workers at boiler manufacturer Baxi have lifted a threat of further strike action after agreeing a pay settlement with management.

The 400 hourly-paid staff at Baxi’s Bamber Bridge plant in Preston agreed a deal on September 10 in a secret ballot.

Baxi refused to reveal details of the settlement. Baxi Group manufacturing director Chris Tyler said: “A further ballot of Unite union members held at Baxi Group’s Preston site has resulted in acceptance of the pay offer. We are therefore pleased to confirm that the dispute has now been settled and all industrial action has been called off.”

Last month Unite members downed tools over the imposition of new pay arrangements and changes to sickness regulations.

The dispute centred on plans by management to introduce monthly pay. Bosses also wanted the right to discipline staff taking more than a week off work.

Steve Salisbury, site convener for trade union Unite, said the measures were about reducing administration costs.He added: “We realise that the vast majority of people are paid monthly these days. It is just how we get from weekly pay to monthly that has caused so much upset.”