26/05/2004

Shorts pay dispute resolved

The long running pay dispute between management and staff at Belfast aerospace company, Shorts has been resolved.

The agreement will see a three-year pay deal that will give workers a lump sum of £750 for this year, with 2.5% increases for the next two years, subject to inflation.

Welcoming the decision, plant owners Bombardier Aerospace said agreement would help "towards the overall competitiveness of our Belfast operation".

"It also enables the company to maintain contributions to the pension scheme, at a time when many other UK companies are withdrawing from defined benefits/final salary schemes," a spokesperson added.

Tuesday's decision follows a year of claims and counter claims between the employee's main union, Amicus and Transport Workers and management.

Last December, about 4,000 members of the Amicus began industrial action in the row over pay and cost-cutting.

(MB)

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