Breaking: Union threatens blackouts as strikes hit UK biggest power plant

Drax insists that Britain will not be affected by power cuts when workers at its Yorkshire plants strike over pay.

Unite announced that nine days of walkouts will be held on February 20, 27, March 6, 13, 20, 27, and April 4, 10, and 17.

After more than 180 workers rejected a pay rise of 8 per cent, union bosses warned that Britain may face power cuts in the coming weeks.

A spokesperson for Drax said that the company had “rigorous plans in place to make sure the power station continues safely to generate renewable electricity”.

According to the company, it offered a 10pc pay increase and a £2,000 lump sum.

A spokesperson for Unite stated that they were deeply disappointed in Unite’s decision to take this unneeded action, which will result in colleagues losing money rather than securing a substantial pay increase.

Sharon Graham, general secretary of Unite, said that this was a classic example of greed by a company already making eye-watering profits. Drax is cynically trying to increase its bonanza profits by forcing workers to take a real terms salary cut.

“Unite is now completely focused on the jobs, pay, and conditions of its members. The workers at Drax will receive the union’s full support.”

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