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Workers at Tata Steel secure pay changes
WORKERS at a steelmaker, which employs about 1,500 people in the North-East, have voted to accept a new pay deal.
Members of the GMB union have agreed to an offer from Tata Steel Europe, that will see all pay increased by 3.75 per cent backdated to April 1 and a consolidation of bonus payments into pay rates.
The deal covers about 19,000 employees at Tata plants across the UK, including hundreds at its Hartlepool pipemill, which last year won a £100m order to supply a 214-mile gas pipeline in the Gulf of Mexico.
Dave Hulse, GMB national secretary for manufacturing, said: “I am pleased to say that members have voted to secure an acceptable deal.”
Tata, which is the UK's largest steel producer, also employs workers at Redcar, Middlesbrough and Skinningrove, in east Cleveland.
Earlier this year, bosses vowed not to cut any North-East jobs despite recording £1.2bn losses, which they blamed on weaker European demand and the economic downturn.
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