The Amicus union at Inverurie Paper have suspended strike action at the mill after a new offer from management.
Negotiations involving the Acas conciliation body came after weeks of action by workers at the Aberdeenshire plant, who held a series of four-hour strikes.
The company wanted to freeze salaries and make changes to the bonus scheme. Workers at the paper mill have been contributing 3 percent of their weekly earnings for two consecutive years in order to fill a gap in the company’s pension scheme.
The company proposed a pay freeze for 2006, and a small one-off payment in 2007. According to mill shop steward Andy Hurley, who spoke to Socialist Worker before the full details of the deal were available, “I think they have finally got the point that they cannot keep rehashing previous offers which we have already rejected.
“The fact that they have dropped the idea of a pay freeze and accepted that the rise has to be backdated is a step forward.”