The threat of strike action hovering over the head of supermarket group Morrisons has been averted.

The group, which held talks with the GMB and TGWU unions yesterday, said that “an agreement had been reached and the action withdrawn”.

In a statement Morrisons said it would now "progress matters relevant to the reshaping of our distribution network to provide an efficient and cost effective service to our stores".

Morrisons had been facing strike action after more than 2,000 workers at its distribution centres across the UK threatened to walk out over plans to close three depots with the loss of 2,500 jobs.