A pay dispute which resulted in a series of strikes from staff operating Greenwich’s libraries last month has been settled.

All 12 of the borough’s libraries faced disruption on Thursday as Unite, the UK’s largest union, walked out during the school half term following a disagreement with Greenwich Leisure Limited (GLL) – the social enterprise company awarded the contract to run the borough’s libraries in 2012.

GLL had said it will not replicate any pay rises awarded to local government workers, which was previously the case until a change in the law.

But library staff called off further industrial action, planned for two days following an earlier strike on October 14, after their demands were met by GLL on the first day of striking.

GLL has offered 12.5 full time jobs and agreed there would be no cuts to Greenwich’s library service, unless instructed by the council.

Unite regional officer Onay Kasab said: “Unite members in Greenwich have won an important victory in defence of libraries as a public service and by showing solidarity, they have made large gains on the staffing and pay issues. “They have shown that the bosses can be taken on and be forced to back down, if you are well-organised and determined enough. I congratulate every one of our members who won this victory.