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Union discussions with Tata Steel on hold in Scunthorpe

Unions have accepted Tata Steel’s offer to resume discussions over pay on 25 July, according to reports.

The move will allay fears of industrial action which The Scunthorpe Telegraph reported earlier this week. Such action could affect local scrap metal merchants for whom Tata Steel is a major customer.

The unions, including Community, Unite and the GMB, are representing 4,000 employees of Tata Steel in Scunthorpe and discussions have been taking place over a 15-month pay-freeze.

All ‘non-critical’ discussions with management were withdrawn and will start again on the 25 July, according to the paper.

A spokesperson for trade union Community told MRW: “There is no current industrial action either taking place or being planned.”

He added: “There are obviously ongoing discussions regarding pay. We are not planning to have any ballots at the moment. All we are doing is continuing the dialogue and consulting members.”

He said that the local news reports were based on a resolution that was passed at a recent conference from the Scunthorpe people themselves.

He added that they are not happy about the current situation but that was far as any action had progressed.

A spokesperson for Tata Steel said: “There are negotiations ongoing in the UK about pay. It would be inappropriate to comment while negotiations are ongoing.”

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