Workers at the Corus Steel company have forced management to backtrack over their refusal to pay workers two consecutive quarterly bonuses.
These bonuses make up a significant portion of steel workers’ wages and are subject to agreements that go back decades.
The U-turn came as unions at Corus plants across the country were holding meetings and preparing to ballot for industrial action.
This is a big victory for the unions, as Corus management has been attempting to push a number of attacks on workers’ terms and conditions over the last year.
The next fight may erupt over the company’s announcement to close the pension scheme to new starters.
The unions must learn the lesson of this victory – that unity, solidarity and determined action from the workforce is the way to win.