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Date 5 December 2006

Hydro action called off after new offer

Staff at nearly 40 electricity shops run by Scottish and Southern Electricity across the North and West of Scotland have accepted a new pay offer by the Company in a consultative ballot, UNISON, the union that represents the staff in the SSE's retail section, announced today.

The staff had previously voted for strike action, because of cuts in conditions and a proposed pay freeze. Following intensive negotiations last week the staff overwhelmingly accepted a revised offer thereby ending the threat of Industrial Action in the lead up to the busiest time of year for the business.

UNISON Regional Organiser, John Fair said: "Administrative staff will receive an increase of 3% for both 2006 and 2007 while shop staff have accepted a new pay scale and changes in Public Holiday and overtime payments from April 2007 in return for a 3% increase this year and compensatory payments for the next two years.

"Both sides of the negotiating team worked hard to find a resolution to the dispute and our members have backed the new proposals following our consultation which ended today. Our members have accepted a degree of security in exchange for major changes to terms and conditions and believe their foresight at this time will provide long term stability for the company.


Notes for editors: The consultative ballot result for on the new offer is as follows: Return - 61% FOR the new offer - 89% AGAINST the new offer - 11% SSE shops are based across North and West Scotland - from Dundee in the East to Campbeltown and Stornoway in the West and up to Kirkwall in the North.

For Further Information Please Contact: John Fair (Regional Officer) 07718 929 023 (m) Chris Bartter (Communications Officer) 0771 558 3729(m)