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26May94 UK: ENGINEERING BOSSES SET TO BREAK WAGE DEADLOCK.

Engineering construction employers are expected to table an offer to break the six-month long pay deadlock in the sector at a meeting with unions next month.The bosses imposed a pay freeze on the 20,000-strong workforce at the start of the year.The three unions in engineering construction - engineering and electrical union AEEU, general union GMB and technical union MSF - reacted by setting up a fighting fund for industrial action.Unions and employers have attempted to resume talks to find a solution.As a first goodwill measure, the unions on the National Engineering Construction Committee suspended collection of the £5 a week levy in April.But union sources say a swift settlement is unlikely.A national conference of shop stewards will be held on June 9 to decide whether to accept any offer.Unions have not ruled out restarting the £5 levy if the stalemate continues.One official said: 'We will resurrect the fund immediately should that be the decision of the shop stewards meeting.' CONSTRUCTION NEWS