British Gas workers to strike 7-11 January against "fire and rehire"

Submitted by martin on 15 December, 2020 - 1:32 Author: Gerry Bates
British Gas

British Gas workers in the GMB union have voted by an 89% majority, on a 59% turnout, for industrial action against an employers' plan to dismiss the entire workforce and reengage them on worse terms and conditions. The first strike is planned to run from 7 to 11 January 2021.

The new terms, which were rejected by an 86% majority in a referendum of British Gas workers, would see pay cuts of around 10% for much of the workforce. Centrica, British Gas's parent company, had previously issued a 23 December deadline for workers to accept the new terms.

GMB officer Justin Bowden said: "The ultimatum from British Gas to its workforce to accept these cuts before Christmas or get the sack, has now made strike action unavoidable. Our members had already voted in huge numbers to reject the company's draconian cuts to terms and conditions.

"GMB shop stewards and officials will... consider what emergency cover is required, including for the elderly and vulnerable households."

More at the GMB website.

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