'No way' to low pay

Striking Drax canteen workers protest outside power station’s AGM - in photos

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Drax shareholders heard Unite’s message loud and clear at the company’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) in London on Thursday (April 25) as striking canteen workers based at Drax power station fight for fair pay.

Unite reps and activists descended on the AGM in support of the canteen workers, who have been in dispute with their outsourced employer Baxter Storey and Drax management over poverty pay since last year.

The canteen workers — predominantly women — have been taking strike action since December. All they’re asking for is a 50p an hour pay rise, as their current rate of pay is only just above the legal minimum.

Many workers are struggling to make ends meet, with one member of Unite being left unable to pay for her husband’s funeral because of Baxter Storey’s low wages.

You can view highlights from the AGM protest in the photos below – and stay tuned for more on this story as fresh strike action is announced in the coming days.

Photos by Mark Thomas