Workers and employees at Wyborowa have reached an agreement over the proposed restructuring of the company.

Nine workers at the Polish vodka distillery have been on hunger strike since last month and others away on sick leave in protest to plans to lay off as many of half of the plants staff.

The news agency AFP quoted Wyborowa vice president Andrzej Szumowski saying: "An agreement was signed (late Monday) between management and the workers."

The two sides are reported to have agreed that 99 workers would leave on a voluntary basis and salaries would be cut by 7%. Those workers leaving will receive 22 months wages in redundancy pay.

Work at the plant, which is owned by Pernod Ricard, was expected to start again this week.