A strike by HGV drivers at a Mid-Wales company has been suspended in order to allow conciliation talks chaired by Acas, according to the Unite union.

Drivers at Wynnstay Agriculture Suppliers had voted overwhelmingly in favour of strike action in a dispute over their pay structure, which the union claimed would have seen an earnings drop of up to 25%.

A subsequent ballot resulted in 82% of drivers favouring industrial action, which would have commenced with a 24-hour strike by drivers working out of the Llansantfraid and Carmarthen depots on 2 March.

But Unite said talks between the employer and the union will now take place on that day instead.

Jo Goodchild, Unite regional officer, said: “Unite is hopeful that Wynnstay has reflected on its decision to attack its employees’ terms and conditions and will now take a different route.

“We will enter into these talks in a constructive manner with a view to resolving this dispute in an amicable way. However, if progress is not made then the prospect of industrial action remains firmly on the table.”