Strikes due to begin at the Drax power station in North Yorkshire this week, which would have caused severe disruption at the site, have been called off following an agreement with the company concerned.


The 29 workers, who are members of Unite, the UK and Ireland’s largest union, are employed as scaffolders by Altrad-Hertel.

The dispute was a result of Altrad-Hertel refusing to register the workers under the National Agreement for the Engineering Construction Industry (NAECI).

Unite had announced two 24 hour strikes on Thursday 5 September and Thursday 12 September and then continuous strike action from Wednesday 18 September.

Annual shutdown

The strike action would have coincided with the annual shutdown at the power station and any delays during this period could have had major financial consequences for Drax’s operators.

However, following fresh negotiations, Altrad-Hertel has agreed to the register the scaffolders under the NAECI agreement from 1 November 2019.

Successful negotiations

Unite regional officer Chris Weldon said: “Unite is very pleased that this dispute has been resolved through negotiations and strike action has been avoided.

“If strike action had occurred it would have caused major disruption at the Drax power station.

“Now that an agreement has been reached, Unite hopes that we can develop a far stronger relationship with Altrad-Hertel, during periods of shutdown and standard repair and maintenance work at the power station.”


Notes to editors:

For more information please contact Unite communications officer Barckley Sumner on 020 3371 2067 or 07802 329235. Email: [email protected]

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