The deal covers around 13,729 Kroger workers

The deal covers around 13,729 Kroger workers

Kroger's unionised Houston workers have ratified a new contractual agreement.

The deal covers around 13,729 workers at the US retailer's 109 stores in the Houston area who are represented by the UFCW Local 455 union.

Bill Breetz, president of Kroger's southwest division said the agreement was "good" for the retailer's associates. He said: "It provides a solid compensation package of wages and benefits, including affordable health care and pension for retirement.

"This agreement is the outcome of thoughtful, respectful and productive work by both the company and union representatives."

In April, Kroger struck a new labour deal with its workers in Toledo. The agreement covered more than 3,000 workers at the retailer's 26 stores in the Toledo area who were also represented by the UFCW union.