Planned strike action by employees of a housing group has been averted after a new pay deal was agreed.

Members of Unite who work at Thirteen Housing Group, which is based in Teesside, had been due to go on strike over pay.

More than 400 workers had been due to walk out.

The strike has been averted after an improved pay deal was agreed with workers.

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Thirteen, which has 35,000 properties in the North East and Yorkshire, said it was pleased the industrial action would not take place.

Unite general secretary Sharon Graham said: “Our Thirteen Housing Group members stood together and won this improvement to their pay.

"Our members’ jobs and pay are this union’s top priority. As this win shows, workers get results when they’re in Unite.”

Unite regional coordinating officer Mark Sanderson said: “The dispute has now ended following the acceptance of an improved offer by our membership.

“We look forward to working constructively with Thirteen Housing Group in the future for the interests of our members.” 

A spokesperson for Thirteen said: “Providing an excellent customer service while rewarding the hard work of our colleagues is fundamental to Thirteen.

“We are really pleased that our union members have voted in favour of our improved pay offer, which is affordable, realistic and sustainable and also intended to offer a little more help to our colleagues at a time of increased financial pressures. We’re also pleased that our customers will not be inconvenienced by the disruption that industrial action could have caused.”

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