1. ITV Report

Proposed strike by Hinkley Point workers avoided after they accept improved pay deal

Unions Unite and GMB had been preparing for strike action after a dispute with EDF. Photo: ITV West Country

A proposed strike by workers building the nuclear power station at Hinkley Point has been avoided after they accepted an improved pay deal.

Unions Unite and GMB had been preparing for industrial action after an ongoing dispute with EDF.

EDF proposed a revised offer which increases holiday pay, overtime rates and pension contributions.

Nigel Cann, EDF's programme and construction delivery director at Hinkley Point says the company is "very pleased that the union members have voted to accept our offer".

Unite regional secretary, Peter Hughes said “This is a landmark agreement which will now set the benchmark for pay rates on flagship construction projects throughout the UK.

“The determination of EDF to broker a deal was critical in ensuring the pay negotiations were satisfactorily resolved.”