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Enterprise strike threat cools after talks

PUBLISHED: 16:52 19 March 2008 | UPDATED: 10:39 11 August 2010

CRISIS talks seem to have averted the threat of strike action at council maintenance contractors Enterprise Plc. A three hour meeting was held between unions and management last Thursday (March 13) to try and reach agreement over allegations of bullying b

CRISIS talks seem to have averted the threat of strike action at council maintenance contractors Enterprise Plc.

A three hour meeting was held between unions and management last Thursday (March 13) to try and reach agreement over allegations of bullying by managers.

And despite a 50 to 1 vote in favour of industrial action the GMB union has now agreed to put plans for a formal strike ballot on ice.

Justin Bowden, GMB senior organiser, said that Enterprise have scrapped plans to move a call centre from Dagenham to Liverpool.

He added: "They were positive discussions with recognition from national management that there is some work to be done in order to restore a good working relationship."

A series of meetings are continuing this week and a written agreement is expected to be drawn up by Friday.

Enterprise, based in Wantz Road, Dagenham, is responsible for maintaining the council's housing stock. They took over the contract from Thames Accord last year.

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