Who is on strike today? Daily update for February 27

METRO GRAPHICS strike calendar week commencing February 27th

Workers won’t stop until they get pay rises amid cost of living crisis (Image: Metro.co.uk)

Energy workers, DVLA and Land Registry staff and DWP officials will walk out today as strikes rage across the UK.

Workers at the UK’s biggest power station – Drax in North Yorkshire – are striking over pay in a move that “threatens blackouts”.

More than 180 staff, who are members of Unite, have rejected an 8% rise.

It has been described as a “significant decline in wages in real terms” compared to the rate of inflation.

When Drax is fully operational, it produces 7% of the UK’s electricity.

The company is estimated to generate profits of more than £680m for 2022, an increase of well over 50% on the previous year, Unite says.

But bosses say they are “deeply disappointed” after a “generous, full and final pay settlement” was rejected.

Land Registry workers are starting five days of industrial action on Monday, along with a new wave of Driver and Vehicle Licensing Service staff.

The cooling towers are located within the Drax Group Plc power station complex.  near Selby, UK, on ​​Wednesday, May 4, 2016. Drax Group Plc, the utility that is converting the UK's largest coal-fired power station into a waste-to-heat plant, says its commitment to curb pollution could lead to receiving state support.  Photographer: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Drax is the UK’s largest power station (Image: Bloomberg via Getty Images)

More than 350 people will leave over pay, pensions, severance and job security.

The action will take place in Birkenhead, Coventry, Croydon, Durham, Fylde, Gloucester, Hull, Leicester, Nottingham, Peterborough, Plymouth, Swansea, Telford and Weymouth.

PCS general secretary Mark Serwotka said: “As long as the government shows no signs of resolving this dispute, we will show no signs of ending the strike.

“Ministers seem to be able to find money for almost anything other than giving their own staff a decent pay rise. PCS members are tired of being taken for granted.”

The government has insisted there is no more money in the pot for pay rises amid the cost of living crisis.

Meanwhile, staff at the Department for Work and Pensions in Liverpool are walking out as part of a national campaign over pay, pensions, job security and redundancy conditions.

SWANSEA, WALES - FEBRUARY 13: A woman holds a sign as DVLA (Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency) workers and PCS (Public and Commercial Services) Union representatives gather during strike action outside DVLA in Morriston on February 13, 2023 , in Swansea, Wales.  The strike, which will last five days, is part of national industrial action by the PCS union over pay, pensions, jobs and redundancies.  (Photo by Matthew Horwood/Getty Images)

A woman holds a sign as DVLA workers strike (Image: Getty Images)

Those at Toxteth Jobcentre, Liverpool Duke Street Jobcentre, Liverpool City Jobcentre, Liverpool Innovation Park Jobcentre will knock.

The PCS union has warned that its lowest paid members earn just £21,000 a year.

However, the DWP insists the union’s PCS demands “will cost the country an unaffordable £2.4bn at a time when our focus should be on reducing inflation to ease the pressure on households across the country”.

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