A planned one-day strike at Marks & Spencer tomorrow is being deferred following intervention from the Labour Court.

A spokesman for the Mandate trade union said the strike was deferred because an emergency Labour Court hearing is due to take place on Friday.

The dispute arose following the closure of the workers' defined-benefit pension scheme on 31 October.

Workers at the company have already taken part in strike action that led to store closures on Saturday 7 December.

Both parties in the dispute will now attend the emergency hearing in an effort to resolve the dispute and avoid another planned day of action on Friday 20 December.