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WATER workers suspended their work-to-rule action yesterday after Northern Ireland Water bosses handed over a new pensions offer.

The Water Group of Trade Unions, which includes public-service union Nipsa, Unite and GMB, said the new proposals represented “significant progress” made with management of the government-owned utility firm.

The dispute is over changes to workers’ pensions which could set their monthly contributions soaring.

Industrial action has been put on hold to give workers a chance to vote on the offer.

More than half of NI Water’s 1,300 workers had taken part.

Around 1,250 customers were without water yesterday but earlier in the week more than 9,000 lost their supply.

“The immediate focus of our members today is to work to support NI Water in restoring services to customers across Northern Ireland, particularly in the west,” said Unite industrial officer Joanne McWilliams.




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