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    Tetley strike averted as workers accept new pay deal

    Tetley tea factory in Eaglescliffe, Stockton-on-tees (Photo: Google Street View)

    Tetley workers who voted to strike earlier this month on Tuesday accepted a new pay deal, averting a potential shortage of the product.

    Union leaders said the ‘predominantly women’ workforce at Tata Consumer Products Limited in Teesside has accepted a new offer of a 7 per cent pay rise backdated to 1 April 2023.

    The factory is the only producer of Tetley tea for the UK and Canada.

    Almost 200 members of GMB Union have voted for strike action on 3 August.

    “After years of real terms pay cuts, these low-paid, predominantly women workers have stood together and demanded more – and they’ve got it,” Laura Maughan, GMB organiser, said.

    “These workers should be rightly proud of themselves and Tata should be congratulated for finally listening to their workforce.”

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