Print workers in Sunderland suspended two and a half days of strike action due to begin last night in dispute over payments cuts

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Print workers in Sunderland have suspended two and a half days of strike action which were due to begin last night, pending talks on changes to shift patterns and overtime payments which are standard across the industry.

The 37 Paragon workers had already taken two separate days of strike action last week, following a unanimous vote in June.

Unite says the staff  have endured a seven year pay freeze, and now face losing more than £100 a month under new contract terms being introduced at the plant.

It says proposed changes to the shift and overtime premiums are only being made to production workers – while the managers’ pay is being protected.

Officials say further industrial action is already scheduled for next week if today’s talks fail to reach a settlement.


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