Imminent strike threat meant company has offered 4.3% per hour increase instead of imposing 2-year pay freeze

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Usdaw has suspended a 48-hour strike due to begin today at Primark’s eight stores in Northern Ireland in response to an eleventh hour offer tabled by the company.

Following a request from the company, talks between Usdaw and Primark were convened at the Labour Relations Agency (LRA) and concluded late yesterday afternoon with an offer being made by the company which the union will now put to a ballot.

If accepted, the offer will see the hourly rate of pay for shop-floor workers at Primark rise from the current £6.84 an hour to £7.14 an hour from April this year.

The offer comprises a 1% increase from 1 January 2012 followed by a further increase of 1.88% from April 2012.

Also, from next month, the current Christmas bonus of one week’s pay will instead be incorporated into the basic hourly rate, giving all shop floor workers a total of £7.14 an hour.

Two weeks ago, Usdaw members voted 88% in favour of taking strike action in protest at Primark’s decision to impose a two year pay freeze on staff.

Nicola Scarborough, Usdaw Area Organiser said: “After lengthy but constructive negotiations held at the LRA today, Primark has tabled an offer that we have agreed to put to our members in a ballot.

“As a result, we have also agreed to suspend the industrial action planned for this weekend in order for our members to consider the offer from the company. We think this offer is the best that can be achieved through negotiation.”


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