Jul 16, 2020

British Gas workers told to sign new contracts or risk jobs

British Gas-owner Centrica has told thousands of staff to accept new working conditions, including no overtime pay, or risk their jobs. "They are using this as an excuse because they know we can't even have discussions and meetings," said one British Gas engineer, who has worked for the firm for more than 15 years and spoke to the BBC on condition of anonymity. Centrica follows British Airways in combining proposed layoffs with new contracts which unions describe as unfavourable. He and other British Gas workers volunteered to deliver meals for vulnerable people for the Trussell Trust. It also said a so-called Section 188 notice, which employers are obliged to give to workers and unions if they are considering large-scale redundancies, was a last resort if workers did not agree the new terms.

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