WORKERS from Quorn based in Billingham were due to strike tomorrow over a dispute of pay.

The strikes were postponed after an offer was tabled by the company.

The workers will now vote on the offer, with the result of the ballot expected around February 12.

A spokesperson for Quorn, said: "Following positive discussions with our staff and the team at UNITE, we have presented a proposal to our staff which UNITE has recommended their members accept. Strike action has been postponed whilst members vote on the offer put forward.”

Alex Cunningham, MP for Stockton North, said: “Meat-free alternatives are becoming very popular as more and more people are thinking about the sustainability of their food sources. As a result, Quorn Foods appears to be doing well and it is clear that this is a result of the hard work of their staff.

“I think their employees deserve proper recognition and reward for their efforts."

Unite said: "It is well known that many of Quorn’s customers do not like beef and they, and the supermarkets, will not be happy if there is are shortages of the company’s meat-free alternatives."

More than 60 production workers, including lab, maintenance, electricians and stores staff, were due to take part in the strike action.