A LONG-RUNNING dispute involving 800 staff employed by the Co-operative Group's Funeralcare business has been settled after a ballot of TGWU and GMB members.
The two unions embarked on industrial action in October after rejecting pay rises ranging from 3.5 per cent to five per cent, which had already been accepted by other unions including Usdaw.
Although no new money has been added in the current pay round, the union members have voted in favour of an improved offer by Funeralcare which includes:
? An agreement to bring forward the start date of the 2005 pay deal from March to January
? A shorter average working week in Scotland
? A minimum increase in the London weighting allowance of ten per cent
A spokesman for Co-operative Funeralcare commented: "We are pleased to have reached a sensible conclusion to this dispute."