A strike set to affect DHL’s operations in South Yorkshire has been halted after staff accepted an improved pay deal.

Workers at three DHL Supply Chain sites in South Yorkshire this week accepted an improved pay offer of 2.6% starting June 2016.

Unite, which represented the staff, said that 15 days of planned strikes would not now go-ahead.

The pay deal is understood to apply to all warehouse operatives across the two DHL sites at Bawtry and also at the Harworth site, which is due to close when its employees transfer to Markham Vale, which is run by Great Bear Distribution (part of the Culina Group).

Unite regional officer Harriet Eisner said: “The DHL management made an improved offer of 2.6%, up from 1.25%, which was overwhelmingly accepted by our members.

“There have been assurances from DHL about the move to Great Bear (under Tupe).

“However, we still have concerns about the new employer, Great Bear and the risk that it may be ‘picking and choosing’ who it wishes to make redundant from those transferring.

“Unite is arguing that all those who are ready and willing to relocate to Great Bear at Markham Vale do so on their current terms and conditions. For all those for whom it is too difficult to travel to the new site, they will need to be paid their contractual redundancy by Great Bear,” she said.

Unite stated that it believes Great Bear may look to remove some the terms and conditions enjoyed by DHL staff at present in the future and said it would oppose any such move.