Threats of strike action at Grampian Foods have subsided after fresh talks were opened with the unions over pay.

Three-quarters of T&G members at Grampian had voted in favour of strike action last week after union leaders accused the meat processor of failing to stick to a promise to end differential pay. The ballot has now been put back four weeks, pending the outcome of the new talks.

The dispute centres on perceived pay inequalities, which have seen workers at some of Grampian's plants subjected to a pay pause, while others have not, the T&G claimed. There is also concern that temporary agency workers are paid less than permanent workers.

A spokeswoman for the T&G claimed a sizeable majority of Grampian's 16,000-strong UK workforce were union members.

The union is urging

MPs to support a private member's bill calling for equal pay for agency workers. It has its second reading on 2 March.