Strike action may have been averted by a last minute deal between the GMB union and Banbury’s DHL logistics company.
Union bosses have thrashed out a deal with the company in the ongoing row over pay.
The GMB reps were called into meetings with the conciliatory service ACAS yesterday (Monday) in search of an eleventh hour resolution after members voted for industrial action in a ballot.
The deal - which members are being asked to approve this week - would increase basic pay from £8.43 to £9 per hour.
GMB regional rep David Day told the Banbury Guardian: “We sat down with the company and ACAS yesterday for a long meeting which resulted in an improved offer.
“DHL asked us to the meeting after we gave them seven days’ notice of industrial action following our recent ballot which had come out in favour of action over the company’s original 2.5 per cent pay deal.
“The increased offer is six per cent over two years and the percentage automatically applied to shift allowances.
“We have recommended acceptance to our members and a ballot is taking place this week.
“All workplace reps have been released to see the ballot through quickly by ballot box rather than by post.”
Mr Day said the ballot includes some 220 GMB members at the Banbury plant but in excess of 350 staff will benefit from the deal if it is accepted.
He said the result was expected to be in by Thursday.
“I’m thanking DHL for putting a reasonable offer on the table. I think it is a fair offer and ultimately I hope it will resolve the situation,” he said.
Mr Day said the union was continuing to discuss other issues, including possible flexible working and restructuring of some jobs, with a view to resolving them.