Workers at the Drax power station in Yorkshire have suspended their 48 hour strike due to start on Sunday (14 July) while they vote on a new two year pay offer, Unite, Britain and Ireland’s largest union, said today (Thursday 11 July).

Unite’s nearly 400 members at the Selby site will be recommended to accept the offer by Drax Power Ltd which is:

  • From 1 Jan 2019 – a 2.8 per cent pay increase on all pay grades, including apprentice grades
  • From ‪1 Jan 2020 – a three per cent pay increase on all grades, including apprentices ‬

Unite regional officer Kelvin Mawer said: “Unite, along with the GMB union, will be recommending our members accept this offer.

“As a result, we have suspended the 48 hour strike due to have started on Sunday and our members will be working normally.

“Over the coming days we will hold meetings with our members to discuss the rationale behind the offer and why we are recommending acceptance.

“Dates for the electronic ballot will be announced as soon as possible and Unite won’t be commenting further until that ballot has closed.”

The workers at the power station produce an estimated seven per cent of Britain’s electricity needs.


Notes to editors:

For more information please contact Unite senior communications officer Shaun Noble on 020 3371 2060 or 07768 693940. Unite press office is on:  020 3371 2065 Email:

  • Unite is Britain and Ireland’s largest union with members working across all sectors of the economy. The general secretary is Len McCluskey.