The unite union suspended a strike by meter readers working for EDF energy on Friday of last week after bosses offered a 2 percent rise.
The dispute involved 500 workers, of whom 32 were striking and the rest were on work to rule after previous strikes involving all workers.
The meter readers are angry that bosses have broken agreements over pay.
The latest offer is less than the 2.5 percent workers were demanding.
And while it now comes with a £500 lump sum, this will not go into calculations on pensions and future pay.
The impact of the action in Camden, north London, where other workers refused to scab shows that more could have been won.
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