Workers at major housing association Thirteen Housing Group, which has over 35,000 properties in the North East and Yorkshire, have suspended the first week of a notified four week schedule of industrial action, so they can vote on an improved pay offer, Unite the union said today (Thursday 23 June).

The details of the offer remain confidential while hundreds of Unite members, who are responsible for property maintenance and admin, are balloted. The result is due on Thursday 30 June.

As a result, the first bout of industrial action, which was due to run from Saturday (25 June) to Tuesday (28 June), has been suspended.

Unite regional coordinating officer Mark Sanderson said: “Our members are now voting on the improved offer, which is confidential, and the ballot result is due on 30 June. However, if they reject the offer, strike action over a number of days from Saturday 2 July until Friday 22 July will take place, as has been previously announced.

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

The majority of Thirteen’s homes for sale and rent are on Teesside.

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