Internal restructuring
United Kingdom
Yorkshire and the Humber; North Yorkshire; North Yorkshire CC
Location of affected unit(s)
Electricity, Gas, Steam And Air Conditioning Supply
Electricity, Gas, Steam And Air Conditioning Supply
35.1 - Electric power generation, transmission and distribution

206 jobs
Number of planned job losses
Job loss
Announcement Date
9 June 2020
Employment effect (start)
Foreseen end date
31 March 2021


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.



Eurofound (2020), Drax Power, Internal restructuring in United Kingdom, factsheet number 101443, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/101443.