World Socialist Web Site wsws.org 31 Mar, 2021 01:00 am

British Gas sends out dismissal notices to strikers effective April 1

British Gas sends out dismissal notices to strikers effective April 1
The role of the GMB since they called the first strikes against British Gas in January has been dictated by the same pro-company agenda as the other unions.

British Gas sent out dismissal notices to striking workers who have refused to sign an inferior contract Monday, including a 20 percent pay cut.According to British Gas, who have been intimidating workers—approaching them on an individual basis to sign the new contract—"well over 95%" have signed up to the new terms, meaning that hundreds of workers who haven’t face the sack within days.Last December, Centrica, parent company of British Gas, revealed it had spent over 300 hours in talks with the UNISON, GMB, Unite and Prospect unions at British Gas aimed at a passing a “modernisation” contract.But the role of the GMB since they called the first strikes against British Gas in January has been dictated by the same pro-company agenda as the other unions.

The union insisted that it was prepared to discuss any changes that British Gas wanted to impose, with the only proviso that the company took the threat to “fire and rehire off the table.” Never at any stage did the GMB call on other workers in the British Gas group, or the nearly 700,000 strong workforce in the UK energy sector, to back the strike.

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