About 400 lift engineers, employed by Otis Ltd, have suspended six weeks of strike action as they vote on a revised pay offer.

Unite, Britain and Ireland’s largest union, announced today (Monday 11 March) that the six weeks of strike action due to have started on Wednesday (13 March) had been suspended, while members vote on a new pay offer,

The offer follows a meeting between Unite and Otis management last Friday (8 March). Members are being balloted on the revised deal from today and the ballot closes on Friday 22 March.

Unite national officer for engineering Linda McCulloch said: “I can confirm that the industrial action due to have started on Wednesday has been suspended while our members hold a consultative ballot on the revised offer.

“The details of the package will remain under wraps while our members consider the new offer hammered out with the company after talks on Friday.

“Unite won’t be commenting further until the result of the ballot is known on 22 March.”

The engineers had voted by 71 per cent for strike action and 88 per cent for industrial action short of a strike over the previous pay offer of 1.5 per cent for the year starting June 2018.


Notes to editors:

The company website says it has 31,000 expert mechanics working in 200 countries and adds: ‘In 1854, Elisha Otis travelled to the New York World's Fair to promote his new invention. Standing high above the crowd on a platform lift, he ordered the retaining rope cut. The crowd cried out. His safety brake held.’

For more information please contact Unite senior communications officer Shaun Noble on 020 3371 2060 or 07768 693940. Unite press office is on:  020 3371 2065

Email: [email protected]

  • Unite is Britain and Ireland’s largest union with members working across all sectors of the economy. The general secretary is Len McCluskey.