A strike at the Tetley brewery in Leeds has been suspended after Carlsberg-Tetley management persuaded unions to look at a new offer. The strike, which was due to start this week, was called after workers at the brewery were offered a pay rise of 3% rather than the 5% they were after. Brewery workers were also angry about a proposed new training system, which would have meant any employee failing to pass new qualifications after a given number of attempts would see their pay cut by up to £4,000. The new deal on the table does not increase the pay rise, but makes concessions on the training scheme and some proposed voluntary redundancies. The 140 workers at the brewery, all members of the engineering and electrical union Amicus or the general union GMB, are now taking part in a seven-day secret ballot to decide whether or not to accept the new offer.

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