Warehouse workers at DHL Supply Chain’s Cherwell Campus site in Banbury, Oxfordshire, have called off a series of one-day strikes over a long-running pay dispute after accepting a revised deal from the logistics services provider.

Following a ballot earlier this month in which the GMB union secured firm backing for industrial action, the union last week announced a series of one-day strikes beginning tomorrow (20 November).

Early this week, however, DHL revised its pay offer in a move almost universally accepted by union members in a fresh ballot.

GMB organiser David Day said over 90% of staff had voted to accept the new two-year deal, which will see workers given a 3.5% pay increase backdated to April and a further 3.1% increase in April next year.

The union had previously rejected a 2.5% offer and a subsequent 3.5% offer applying only to some shifts.

“DHL has been very fair. They’ve put no strings on it, no pressure, and I commend them for it,” said Day.  Although “pleased with the outcome”, however, Day added that he was “not pleased it’s taken from April to now to get it sorted”.

A spokesman for DHL said: “We are pleased that staff at Banbury have voted to accept our improved offer and we look forward to continuing to work together to build a successful future.”