Pay strikes at Chester-le-Street based construction supplies companies Birtley Group Ltd and Bowater Doors Ltd have been suspended following a new pay offer. 

Birtley Group and Bowater Doors share the same premises and are both owned by Hill & Smith Holdings PLC.

More than 120 members of Unite, the UK’s leading union, were due to begin 13 days of strike action at the two companies on Wednesday 10 August. A continuous  overtime ban has also been suspended. 

If the pay offer is rejected, 16 days of strike action scheduled to begin on Sunday 4 September will go ahead and the overtime ban will be reinstated. 

Unite regional officer Pat McCourt said: “Following negotiations with Birtley Group and Bowater Doors an improved pay offer was put forward. We have now suspended the 13 days of strike action due to begin this Wednesday to allow our members to be balloted on the new offer.”


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