A planned 48-hour strike by Co-operative Group drivers has been suspended.
Drivers at the organisation, represented by Unite the Union, voted in favour of industrial action following the proposal to transfer 87 members of staff to haulier Eddie Stobart Ltd.
Over 700 drivers across Newcastle, Northern Ireland, Derbyshire, Coventry, Inverness, Lanarkshire and Thurrock were balloted, with 77% voting for strike action. A two-day walk-out was planned for Monday 21 and Tuesday 22 March, but this has now been put on hold.
A proposed work-to-rule, which would have seen drivers working to rules and hours exactly, in order to disrupt efficiency, has also been suspended.
Following negotiations, talks will now be held between Unite members and the Co-operative Group through the conciliation service Acas.