WORKERS at a Barnsley glass factory have called off their strike - following an improved pay offer.

Employees at Ardagh Glass factories in Burton Road, Monk Bretton called off the threatened action after managers made an improved, six per cent pay rise offer.

Having rejected a 5.5 per cent deal previously, a strike looked to have been set.

Unite said industrial action has been called off while its members vote on the offer, with the ballot closing on October 6.

Tas Sangha, Unite's deputy regional secretary for Yorkshire, said: "Unite and the GMB union had intense talks with the firm on Friday which resulted in an improved pay offer.

"Unite is recommending its members accept this offer. In the meantime, industrial action and overtime bans have been called off."

An Ardagh spokesman said: "We welcome the outcome of extensive discussions and thank the trade unions for working with us to outline a two-year pay proposal, which they will now recommend to their members in a ballot."