26 March 1999

Meat strike off

BRITAINS meat inspectors have called off further strike action after voting to accept an improved pay offer of 4.54% from the Meat Hygiene Service.

The dispute flared up last year after a survey revealed that inspectors were subjected to horrifying levels of violence and intimidation.

The inspectors claimed that an imposed pay rise of 3.65% failed to reflect poor working conditions, including bullying, violence and harassment from abattoir staff.

A one-day strike last month closed many abattoirs across the country. But the inspectors have now voted to accept the improved pay offer.

, which raises their minimum salary to £12,348 and gives them an extra days holiday.