UNION officials meet this week to consider their next step in a long-running dispute with a Huddersfield engineering firm.

About 200 workers at David Brown Gear Systems staged a 24-hour strike last Friday in the row over pay and proposed changes to pay grades and pensions.

The workers, members of the Unite union, took to the picket line across two entrances at the firm’s Park Works site at Lockwood.

Dick Croft, Unite district secretary, said: “We have not set any dates for further strike action, but we will be looking at that this week and notifying the company in due course.”

The company, which has about 450 shopfloor workers, has offered a 2.5% pay rise and 2% bonus – which it says compares favourably with other UK pay settlements.

The union is seeking a pay rise in line with inflation, currently at about 4%.

The union and the company have been in talks since January over the annual pay deal, which should have been implemented in February.

The dispute comes as the company further establishes itself in emerging markets.

In a statement last week, the firm said it was “disappointed” by Friday’s strike, particularly considering the challenging economic climate.

But the company added: “We are still in active discussions and are hopeful that we can find a settlement that works for us all.”