Metalworkers who staged a marathon strike last year have reached an agreement with their employers on this year's pay package. The daily wage for casual bar benders was set at HK$950 for an eight-hour day - up from HK$860 - and employers will have to contribute to the Mandatory Provident Fund. Employers will also have to cover workers' transport expenses if they cannot work because of bad weather - HK$100 for those in Kowloon and HK$150 for those on Hong Kong Island, the New Territories, Tung Chung and outlying islands. The new terms will be effective from August 1. A member of the Bar-bending Industry Workers Solidarity Union, Wong Man, said a meeting between workers and Tsang Tang-fat, chairman of the Bar-bending Contractors Association, and other employers' representatives was held yesterday. 'The atmosphere was very good. I don't think the marathon strike we hosted last year will happen again this year,' Mr Wong said. 'We are quite confident that contractors will enforce these new terms when August comes. Communication between employers and workers is much improved now.' Last year bar benders staged a 36-day strike, one of the worst industrial actions in the city's history, after a series of negotiations over pay between workers and contractors broke down. About 600 workers took part.