EMCC European Monitoring Centre on Change

Drax Power

Drax Power

Geographic Location

Country: United Kingdom
Region: North Yorkshire CC; North Yorkshire; Yorkshire and the Humber
Location of affected unit(s): Selby


Sector: Utilities
Electricity, gas, steam and air conditioning supply
35.1 - Electric power generation, transmission and distribution
Number Employed: 600
Group: Drax Group

Employment Effects

Announcement Date: 09-06-2020
Planned Job Reductions min: 206
Planned Job Reductions max: 206
Type of Restructuring: Internal restructuring
Foreseen End Date: 31-03-2021
Direct Dismissals: 206

Additional Information

Drax Power, the company running the power station at Selby in the north of England announced plans to cut 206 jobs by the end of March 2021, as the power station is due to stop using coal.

The trade unions representing the affected workers have initially agreed with the management on the redundancy plan, however, trade union Unite now disputes the measure of compulsory redundancies and its members are considering industrial action. A representative of Unite has accused management of acting in ‘bad faith’.

The Drax power station in Selby provides 5% of the UK's electricity. The decision to switch from using coal to biomass is part of a large decarbonisation project.