UK parliamentary security staff suspend planned strike action – union

LONDON (Reuters) -Security guards at Britain’s House of Commons have suspended planned strike action after their employer agreed to pause the introduction of a new shift pattern, their trade union said on Friday.

Earlier this month the Public and Commercial Services (PCS) union said more than 250 of its members had voted for strike action.

“We’ll have no hesitation in announcing new strike action if we fail to secure a satisfactory new roster for our members,” PCS General Secretary Mark Serwotka said in a statement.

The four planned strike days had included Nov. 7, the state opening of parliament by King Charles, a ceremony that marks one of the most important occasions in the parliamentary calendar.

“We are pleased that as a result of constructive engagement with trade union colleagues we have been able to agree to a suspension of industrial action,” a parliamentary spokesperson said in a statement.

“We will continue to engage with staff and unions in the coming months.”

(Reporting by Kylie MacLellan, Alistair Smout and William James; Editing by Hugh Lawson)