Jan 7, 2021

British Gas staff start five-day strike over pay

In a statement, GMB national secretary Justin Bowden said the actions of British Gas had "Tarnished" its reputation. "A Centrica spokeswoman said:"We've done everything we can with the GMB to avoid industrial action. "While we've made great progress with our other unions, sadly the GMB leadership seems intent on causing disruption to customers during the coldest weekend of the year, amid a global health crisis and in the middle of a national lockdown," she said. Almost 90% of GMB members voted for industrial action in a ballot of 9,000 members last month in response to an attempt by Centrica to cut some salaries by up to 10%, the union said. In total, more than 7,500 staff could walk out, although Centrica said GMB had committed to ensure emergency callouts were not affected, adding that it also had contractors that it could call upon.

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