Strike action among Wincanton drivers on the Asda contract in Rochdale has been called off after an improved pay offer was put on the table.

The Unite union had threatened a chilled foods shortage over the Christmas period after 80 lorry drivers complained they were being paid less than their counterparts doing the same job out of the Lutterworth depot.

But it said this week that the logistics firm and the supermarket giant had worked together to offer the drivers an 8.25% increase in pay, plus premium overtime rates.

As a result, industrial action planned for seven dates in December and one in early January had now been called off.

“This is a strong result for the hardworking HGV drivers based at Asda’s Rochdale distribution centre,” said Sharon Graham, Unite general secretary.

“Our workers deserve fair pay - which Asda and Wincanton can afford - and by them standing together we have achieved just that.”

A Wincanton spokesman said: “We are glad to have reached a positive outcome and we look forward to delivering excellent service for Asda and its customers over the Christmas period and beyond.”