British gas workers fight "fire and rehire"

Submitted by AWL on 24 November, 2020 - 4:04 Author: Ollie Moore
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The GMB union has announced plans to ballot its members in British Gas for industrial action, after bosses refused to withdraw a plan to sack 20,000 workers en masse and rehire them on worse terms and conditions. A union statement said a “a national strike in the gas industry is weeks away” unless British Gas, now owned by the multinational firm Centrica, backed down from the fire-and-rehire plan.

The union has yet to announce a timetable for the formal ballot. An indicative ballot in August returned a 95% majority in favour of action.

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