Striking workers, Safran reach agreement over pay in Canada, says union

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(Reuters) -Striking Safran workers in the Montreal area have reached an agreement in principle with the French jet engine maker after being on strike over pay since May 28, union representative Michael Durand told Reuters on Thursday.

Workers will vote on Friday at a special assembly over whether to accept the agreement, he said.

The workers, who make components for landing gear used in Airbus and Boeing jets, began an unlimited general strike about a month ago.

More than 100 Safran workers who produce parts used in aircraft such as Airbus's A320 family and A350 jets, along with Boeing's 787, walked off the job on May 28, initially for one week in an effort to "catch up" on pay.

The aerospace industry has been beset with supply issues for months. European aerospace giant Airbus in June lowered its forecast for deliveries this year to around 770 jets from 800 and delayed a multi-year hike in narrow body production amid a shortage of parts.

(Reporting by Arasu Kannagi Basil and Akash Sriram in Bengaluru and Allison Lampert in Montreal; Editing by Andrew Heavens, Bernadette Baum and David Ljunggren)