Last week, members of the GMB union at 20 Asda distribution centres across the UK voted for a five-day strike in a long-running dispute over working conditions and union recognition. The strike was due to run from 00.01am today until 23.59pm on 4 July.
However, last minute talks between Asda and the GMB resulted in an agreement being struck, setting out a number of proposals, including forming a national joint council for distribution staff.
David Cheesewright, chief operation officer for Asda, said: “We're pleased to have signed an agreement acceptable to both sides to end the current dispute.”
Paul Kenny, GMB general secretary, said: “This new agreement heralds a fresh approach to representation and bargaining. It is a clear intention that issues beneficial to the growth of the company and the economic benefit of its employees will be dealt with through the national joint council.”