Planned strike action by Wincanton drivers working for Argos has been cancelled after successful talks between the operator and Unite.

Around thirty drivers were scheduled to hold a three day strike beginning at midnight on 20 December.

The action was the outcome of a long-running dispute about back-dated holiday pay, with the drivers claiming they were each owed around £700.

Today Unite said the strike had been cancelled and that the parties had reached a mutual agreement.

Unite regional officer Rick Coyle said: “We have had constructive talks with the Wincanton management and, as a result, we have hammered out a deal that Unite feels it can recommend to our members.

“The details of the deal are confidential and we will be balloting our drivers on the offer.

“While this ballot is being conducted all proposed industrial action has been suspended and our members at the Argos national distribution centre in Staffordshire will be working normally.”

A spokesman for Wincanton added: “We are equally pleased that our planned meeting today has produced an outcome which works for all parties.

“All industrial action has now been suspended pending a ballot on the terms of the agreement among Unite members, and at this important time of year, the Argos business will be unaffected.”