ARDAGH Glass has welcomed the decision by unions to put the company's new pay offer to its members and believe the offer will be accepted.

Staff at the Monk Bretton-based plant had been due to strike throughout this month and into September after a pay dispute.

But the action was cancelled after the workers were offered a 5.5 per cent pay rise, brought in over two years.

"We welcome the outcome of week-long discussions and believe that our two-year offer will be positively received by the workforce," a spokesperson from the firm said.

"This is a sensible decision which enables us to continue to work in partnership with our employees, as we make significant investments to maintain growth and long-term employment."

Voting started on Monday and the ballot closes on September 2.

The pay offer is for a three per cent pay rise between February 2013 and January 2014 - of which two per cent is to be backdated for February to July and the additional one per cent to be paid from August 1.

There will be a further two-and-a-half per cent rise to be paid from February 2014 to January 2015.

Ardagh Glass employs about 400 people at its Monk Bretton site and made £65million in pre-tax profits last year.

Unite deputy regional secretary for Yorkshire Tas Sangha said strikes scheduled to last until September 9 would be suspended while members considered the offer.