Unite staff at Derry City and Strabane District Council were set to commence industrial action from Monday, but this has now been suspended as negotiations continue.
Said Cllr Tierney: “The suspension of planned industrial action due to begin on Monday is very welcome news.
“I want to thank representatives from Unite for the considered approach to this matter which will be a relief to ratepayers and workers while negotiations remain underway.
“We want to do everything within our power to avoid strike action, while recognising the genuine concerns of staff, and I appreciate that everyone has been engaged in these discussions in a constructive way.
“The suspension of this strike action means that business will continue next week with no disruption to services.
“It’s important that each and every one of our council staff feel valued and that they can voice concerns when they have them, whether that be around pay, conditions or anything else.
“Without these staff vital council services would be unable to operate and it’s important that we appreciate the work they do.
“I remain hopeful that strike action can be averted entirely.
“I am committed to working with Unite representatives and others to reach a successful resolution in the interests of staff and ratepayers.”