North West Wales

Welsh Slate quarry workers call off pay strike

Slate quarry
Image caption Welsh Slate employs 211 people at four quarries in in north Wales

Quarry workers in Gwynedd have called off planned industrial action in a row over a pay freeze.

Welsh Slate, based at Penrhyn Quarry, Bethesda, said Friday's action had been cancelled with workers agreeing to terms to the end of 2012.

A ballot last week by 160 workers who are members of the Unite union showed 81% would take take action.

But the firm said that a second ballot on Thursday showed the workers had since had a rethink.

The firm said workers' pay, including bonuses, has increased 12% since they took over in 2008.

Managing director Alan Smith said: "We can confirm that an agreement has been reached between the trade union and the company for terms and conditions to the end of 2012.

Roofing slate

"We are glad that common sense has prevailed."

Welsh Slate employs 211 people at four quarries in the region.

Penrhyn is said to be one of the oldest and largest slate quarries in the world.

The other quarries are Blaenau Ffestiniog, Pen yr Orsedd and Cwt-y-Bugail.

Welsh Slate is used as roofing slate, as well as architectural and aggregate slate products.

The Unite union representative has not been available for comment.

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