Unions representing workers at the Drax power station in Yorkshire have called off a planned strike while they consider a revised pay offer from the owner.

The Unite and GMB unions met with Drax on 6 June after a majority of their members voted to take industrial action over the company’s proposed pay increase for 2019 and 2020.

As a result of these talks, Drax has improved its offer and is now proposing a 2.8 per cent pay rise for all employees at the power station for both years.

The unions will vote on whether to accept the offer. If rejected, they will proceed with plans to go on strike.

A Drax spokesperson said: “We’re continuing to work closely with the unions – we both want to resolve the pay dispute and avoid strike action.

“An improved two-year pay offer will be put to GMB and Unite union members for a ballot. The planned industrial action on 16 June has been postponed pending the outcome of the vote.”

Members of the Prospect union, a majority of which voted in favour of the previous proposal, will also be balloted on the new offer.