A strike by Woolwich Ferry workers has been called off after a pay increase was agreed.

Briggs Marine, who operate the Woolwich Ferry, have agreed to give workers a 2.2 per cent pay increase on basic pay and allowances and reduce the use of agency staff.

Unite union members, including crew, electricians and road traffic teams had voted 100 per cent to take strike action earlier this month.

Unite regional officer Onay Kasab, said: "This is a great result for our members and is a testament to their resolve in the face of an unjust attack on their livelihoods.

"They were not prepared to rollover and accept their employer's attempts to tear up their rights and won significant concessions as a result.

"We have shown through negotiation and determination, we can win."

Briggs Marine have also agreed to honour existing sick pay for employees.

A joint party will also be set up to deal with any pay disparities since the service was transferred to the private sector.

Mr Kasab added: "Unite will continue to work with Briggs Marine in a spirit of cooperation to keep ferrying passengers over the River Thames between Woolwich."