STRIKE ballots are to be held for all British Gas workers who are now facing brutal ‘fire and rehire’ and derecognition of trade unions.
The workers are represented by the GMB, Unison and Unite. GMB members recently voted 95 percent in favour of industrial action. Unison is organising a strike ballot and Unite is expected to do the same.
Earlier this year, parent company Centrica announced 5,000 job losses as its share price dived and energy sales fell.
Rather than face up to its years of mismanagement and unsustainable acquisitions the company is seeking to make employees pay the price for its failure.
A Unison press release says that not only is the company looking to use ‘fire and rehire’ to reduce terms and conditions but it has also served formal notice to end union recognition.
This two-pronged attack comes less than a month after its new management team reportedly snapped up more than £100k’s worth of its own shares at rock bottom prices.
A recent Unison newsletter to British Gas workers, ‘Don’t be bullied by British Gas‘, said fire and rehire has become a common employer tactic in recent months.
- Labour controlled Tower Hamlets council, East London, announced earlier this year plans to fire and rehire its public service staff on worse pay and conditions.
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