Strike at Oxfam suspended after improved pay offer

11 Dec 2023 News


A strike at Oxfam has been suspended after the charity put forward an improved pay offer to staff.

Last month, Unite announced that Oxfam workers would be striking for 17 days in December in the first industrial action in the charity’s 81-year history.

On Friday, over 500 Oxfam employees began strike action.

Following talks that resulted in Oxfam offering an improved pay offer, Unite suspended strikes scheduled for 14, 15, 16 and 17 December “as an act of good faith”.

Unite will now ballot its members on the revised offer. If rejected, strike action will resume on 20 December.

The Union did not disclose any details on the new pay offer to Civil Society nor confirm when the next round of talks will take place. 

A spokesperson said: “The members are balloting on the new offer. We won’t be commenting further until we know the results of the ballot.”

Unite regional coordinating officer Jamie Major added: “Unite has been clear from the outset that this dispute could and should be resolved through negotiations.

“Following talks on Friday, an improved offer was made and therefore Unite has suspended action to allow its members to be balloted on the proposed deal.”

An Oxfam spokesperson said: “We welcome the progress made during talks last week and are pleased that the strike action has been suspended.”

Last week, Oxfam GB announced that Halima Begum will be its next chief executive, taking over from Danny Sriskandarajah who steps down later this month.

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