Care workers have suspended strike action over plans to cut their pay by almost 10 per cent, as negotiation talks continue.

Staff at Your Choice Barnet (YCB), which supports people with physical and learning disabilities, were due to walk out on Wednesday.

But acting on their behalf, Barnet Unison has struck a temporary agreement with the local authority trading company, YCB, which has agreed to pay staff the equivalent of a 9.5 per cent pay reduction in July.

Although, negotiation talks will continue as YCB continues to explore ways to offset a £400,000 deficit.

In a joint statement, YCB and Barnet Unison said: "Talks will continue between Unison and YCB with a view to identifying potential savings for the organisation of £400,000. Talks to be completed and all options explored by 12 July 2014.

"On the basis of this agreement Unison has agreed to suspend strike action."

In February 2012, Barnet Borough Council transferred learning disability and physical and sensory impairment services for adults to YCB.