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Council strike suspended to allow final adjustments on improved pay offer

15 July 2022
Derry City and Strabane District Council has confirmed that following further positive and constructive negotiations today with both the NIPSA and Unite unions, that Unite the Union, on the basis of an improved pay offer presented by Council and as a matter of good faith, has confirmed it will be suspending strike action planned for next week to allow Council to consider further proposed adjustments to the pay offer.
 
On Thursday, Elected Members attending a Special Council meeting agreed an improved pay offer proposal that was brought before today’s local Joint Consultative Negotiation Committee ( JCNC) meeting.
 
During the meeting, the unions jointly acknowledged the improved proposals and ongoing positive engagement with Council and advised that the decision to suspend the strike will allow time for the finalisation of the improved pay offer.
 
Council welcomed the decision to suspend the strike and paid tribute to the positive engagement with the unions. Council advised it remained committed to continuing with further and final negotiations next week to arrive at a definite resolution to the pay dispute.
 
The Council reaffirmed its commitment to supporting and valuing its staff, adding that it is dedicated to reaching a mutually agreed and constructive outcome on this very important issue.