THE threat of strikes by workers building the new nuclear power station at Hinkley Point has been averted after an improved pay deal was accepted by union members.

Unite and the GMB had been preparing for industrial action at the site, near Bridgwater, because of a long-running pay dispute at the site involving the main contractor Bylor and French energy giant EDF, which will run the power station.

Unions said that under the revised offer, workers will be paid up to 36% above construction industry rates.

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."

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GMB regional officer Adie Baker said: "GMB members can concentrate on the future now this long-running dispute, which had threatened to disrupt progress on the project, has been resolved."

Nigel Cann, Hinkley Point's programme and construction delivery director, said: "We are proud that our workforce will now benefit from a reward package which is both 'best in class' and affordable.

"We have created great facilities at Hinkley Point C and offer all our workers an opportunity to personally grow and develop.

"We share a commitment with the trade unions and our contract partners to provide the best standards in health, safety and welfare, in tandem with the highest standards of quality and productivity as we work together to deliver this vital project."