AN agreement has been reached between Clarks and the trade union Community to end industrial action at the footwear firm's distribution centre. 

Members of the Community union at Clarks' Westway distribution centre in Street have taken strike action over claims that workers were threatened with being "fired and rehired" on worse terms and conditions.

The two sides announced on Wednesday, December 1 that, following a process of mediation with the conciliation service Acas, an agreement has been reached.

A joint statement from Clarks and Community said: "We are pleased that a resolution has been reached that works in everybody’s interests, protects Community members' livelihoods, and recognises their loyalty to Clarks.

"Following an indicative ballot of Community members it is confirmed that normal working has now resumed.

"Community and Clarks express their thanks to Acas for its support and look forward to close co-operation as we move on from the dispute and commit to positive industrial relations in the future."

Around 100 workers at Clarks' distribution centre went out on strike in early October after talks over 'fire and rehire' failed to reach a resolution.

A total of 88% of staff voted in favour of the action. 

The County Gazette has contacted Clarks and Community for further comments.