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UK beer delivery drivers suspend strike after improved pay offer

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LONDON (Reuters) - About 1,000 British beer delivery drivers have suspended plans to take strike action at the end of this month after receiving a better pay offer from logistics company GXO, the Unite union said on Thursday.

"Following a significantly improved pay offer from GXO the strike action planned for next week has been suspended as an act of good faith," Unite national officer for food, drink and agriculture Joe Clarke said.

GXO drivers make around 40% of UK beer deliveries.

The strikes, originally planned from Oct. 31 and Nov. 4, would have impacted beer supplies to pubs and venues supplied by major breweries, including Heineken, Stonegate, Admiral Taverns and Shepherd Neame, Unite had said.

GXO said it was pleased with the union's decision.

"We are committed to ensuring our employees benefit from competitive pay and benefits, and an inclusive, collaborative culture that rewards performance," a spokesperson for the New York-listed company said.

(Reporting by Sachin Ravikumar; editing by William James and David Evans)