GREENE King workers in Abingdon who were planning to go on strike this week have backed down.

Workers at the Abingdon depot who were members of the Unite union announced last month that they were planning a rolling programme of strikes in a pay dispute that could mean deliveries drying up.

Unite, Britain and Ireland’s largest union, said the first two days of strike action would happen on March 12 and March 13 by its 160 delivery drivers, draymen, brewery production staff and warehouse workers across the country, including Abingdon.

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However the company and the union issued a statement today saying: “Following collaborative talks we have reached an agreement that has been approved by Unite members within Greene King’s brewing and distribution teams which remains fair and consistent across the brewing division.

"This means the previously announced strike action will not go ahead.

"We look forward to continuing the constructive working relationship in the future that supports the objectives of the company and its employees as a whole.”