Members of the Unite and GMB unions employed at International Paint in Gateshead have suspended industrial action after voting to accept a pay offer from the company. 

The deal covers 400 plus workers at International Paint’s Felling site, which undertakes all aspects of the industrial process for specialised marine and industrial coatings as part of the AkzoNobel group.

An overtime ban and strike action planned for 27 January and 10 February have now been cancelled.  

The deal is for 1.5 per cent, backdated to 1 April 2020 (the start of the pay year), including a two per cent and four per cent related performance payment; improvements to the holiday scheme; and 1.5 per cent for 2021 with the proviso that if any other UK site receives more than that figure the Gateshead workers will receive a similar uplift.

Unite regional officer Steve Cason said: “We are pleased that this dispute has been resolved amicably with an offer that was accepted by our members. Unite looks forward to working productively with International Paint for the best interest of our members in the future.” 

Colin Smith, GMB Senior Organiser, said: "GMB is pleased our members accepted an increased offer from the company to avoid strike action. Had the action happened this would have led to the first strike on this site in over 100 years and we are happy this has been avoided."


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