Wirral workers end strikes after asbestos safety deal reached

Over 100 maintenance and repair workers at Magenta Living, a social housing landlord, called off their strikes following the resolution of a deal regarding safe asbestos work.

In February, the workers initiated a strike in response to a modification in Magenta Living’s asbestos policy, which required them to manage the material if they encountered it in a property.

Under the new agreement, technicians who have opted out will not be required to perform essential tasks involving asbestos.

Unite general secretary Sharon Graham said, “This is an excellent result for our members at Magenta Living that was achieved by them standing together in their union. The safety of our members is non-negotiable and Unite always supports workers concerned about their health and wellbeing in the workplace.”

Unite regional officer John Sheppard said, “Our members at Magenta Living are pleased that this deal has been struck and will now return to work as normal.”

Magenta Living is a housing association that manages 13,000 properties, mainly in Wirral.


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