National Grid Faces Worker Action, Independent Says

(Corrects name of newspaper as source of information beginning in first paragraph.)

National Grid Plc faces industrial action by nearly a quarter of its 10,500 workers in January because of a pay dispute, the Independent on Sunday reported.

Unison and Prospect, two of the four unions that represent the London-based company’s British employees, warned last week that a ballot on whether to work-to-rule and refuse overtime will start over the next few days, the newspaper reported, without saying where it got the information.

Unite, a third union, is expected to send a letter to National Grid, the operator of the U.K.’s natural-gas pipeline network, next week, the Independent on Sunday said.

National Grid has offered the 2,500 workers, who are mostly in supervisory and control-center roles, a 7.2 percent pay increase over three years, the newspaper said. The increase is a “fair deal” given the current economic climate, a National Grid spokesman said, according to the Independent on Sunday.

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