A TRADE union is claiming a "big win" after workers at a global manufacturer took strike action in face of a second consecutive pay freeze.

The GMB union said it has suspended strike action at the Panasonic factory in Cardiff after the company offered workers a pay rise of up to 5.5 per cent and a £300 annual bonus. 

Staff had already held three strike days, with more planned, after the global electronics giant revealed plans to impose a pay freeze for a second year running. 

Workers at the factory, which makes microwave ovens, staged the first strike on Monday November 22 and the following Monday but action planned for this Monday, and potential further action, has now been suspended in light of the pay offer.

Nicola Savage, the GMB's regional organiser said: "GMB members had stuck together, faced a global company down and got themselves a big win. 

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“They are now looking at a pay rise instead of staring down the barrel at a whopping real terms pay cut. 

“Strike action is now suspended while GMB ballots members on this new deal.” 

The GMB had previously said it started industrial action after Panasonic withdrew its pay offer and pulled out of pay talks altogether.

GMB will ballot members on December 9 to ask if they will accept the offer. 

Nobody from Panasonic Cardiff was available to comment on the company's behalf today.

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