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UK's Drax Hydro workers to go on strike over pay

UK's Drax Hydro workers to go on strike over pay

Workers at Drax Hydro Limited which operates power stations across Scotland have voted to go on strike in a dispute over pay, the Unite union said on Thursday.
The strike action days are expected to take place from mid-March with Unite making an official announcement next week.

Drax Hydro is a part of Drax Group Plc (DRX.L) which on Thursday posted an annual profit of 731 million pounds ($880 million), higher than expectations.

"Drax Hydro is a profitable energy company and it can afford to pay its workforce significantly more than the current offer," said Unite General Secretary Sharon Graham.

"This is a classic case of corporate greed and now the UK faces a threat of power cuts due to Drax’s greed."

A Drax spokesperson said in the event of industrial action, there will be no risk to public electricity supplies.

"We have put forward a generous full and final pay settlement which rewards our valued colleagues with a significant pay rise worth 10%... Drax remains open to dialogue with Unite to avoid industrial action,” the spokesperson added.

Drax provides around 7% of Britain's electricity through its network of power stations.

Workers across a range of sectors in Britain have gone on strike in recent months, from rail workers to teachers, nurses to lawyers, as inflation, which hit a record high last year, squeezes household budgets.

($1 = 0.8308 pounds)

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