The threat of industrial action at Gist has ended, with union Unite stating the argument over pay at a Hemel Hempstead DC run on behalf of Marks & Spencer has been resolved.

Last month, the union called off the first of 12 planned strikes at the site in favour of further talks.

Unite had been pushing for “equal pay for equal work” regarding 23 packers and loaders it claimed were paid less than the rest of the workforce at the DC.

In a statement issued today, Unite regional officer Alan Brkljac said: “Unite members have voted overwhelmingly to accept the deal, which gives them pay parity with their fellow workers.

“I would like to pay tribute to the solidarity our members have shown during the course of this dispute, which contributed greatly to the successful outcome.

“As a result, all planned industrial action has been called off and we look forward to working constructively with the Gist management going forward and putting this dispute well behind us in the interests of all parties."

The union said the origins of the dispute went back to 2008 when there was a local arrangement to supply food to BP garages, but since then the logistics had expanded and changed, with those covered by the local agreement now working for the M&S national contract.