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Barry Callebaut factory staff in Banbury call off strike

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Image caption Managers say that previous action had not stopped work at the chocolate factory

Strike action by chocolate factory workers in Oxfordshire has been called off after union and management reached a pay settlement.

More than 100 Unite members at the Barry Callebaut factory in Banbury had intended to take part in two 24-hour strikes, on Friday and Monday.

The workforce had already walked out twice after over claims of unfair pay and a refusal by managers to negotiate.

But employees have now accepted the proposed salary increase.

Union leaders say staff have been given a two-year deal and will be paid above inflation.

Management said: "We are glad that we reached a settlement which all parties involved could agree to."

Barry Callebaut produces moulded and liquid chocolate for companies including Cadbury, Nestle and Hershey.

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