Proposed abattoir vet strike called off

A union representing abattoir vets has called off its proposed strike action over a dispute on union recognition.

Trade union Unison sent an email to Grants Veterinary Services yesterday (Tuesday) in which regional organiser Chris Jenkinson confirmed the call-off of a walk-out.

Jenkinson said: I can confirm that we will not be calling on our members to take part in any industrial action in pursuit of the ballot result.

The strike was threatened after 69 out of 189 employees of Grants Veterinary Services voted for industrial action in a Unison ballot last week, which was sufficient to give Unison a mandate to take action.

Company founder Elizabeth Grant said: I am delighted that our operations will not be disrupted in the critical run-up to Christmas and I look forward to progressing the outstanding issues with our staff through the sole channel of our Joint Consultative Committee.

"I am confident that the goodwill that has been expressed by so many of my employees, both to myself personally and to my managers, will allow us to face the challenges we jointly face together.

Grants supplies contract Meat Hygiene Inspectors and official veterinarians to the MHS throughout the UK.

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