Up to 16,000 engineers working for ADT, Britain's largest fire and security company, have this week voted to suspend their strike action. The workers have been taking a series of four-day strikes over a pay claim. The strikes have disrupted ADT's out of hours service, and managers have been forced to staff local offices.
The workers are based in 16 nationwide branches and workers held pickets outside each office during the strikes. The dispute started last October when workers in the AEEU union voted for industrial action over their pay claim.
The AEEU union won recognition 18 months ago. Union membership has doubled over the last two months after the union escalated the action. The strike has forced management back to the negotiating table. 'The action was starting to bite,' an ADT striker told Socialist Worker. 'We're hoping management will come up with a reasonable offer, but if the talks fail we'll be going back to industrial action.'