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Gas workers set to strike after Covid-19 heroes offered ‘insulting’ thank you badge

08 Dec 2020
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GMB members at Air Products have put their own lives in danger to keep the country moving and the company afloat during this pandemic

Gas workers are to be balloted for strike action after Covid-19 heroes were offered a pin badge to say thank you for their work during the pandemic.

If it goes ahead, the industrial action will affect Air Products sites in Basingstoke, Bardon, Bargeddie, Stoke and Walkden in January.

GMB members are angry that despite huge profits approaching £100 million over the past two years, the company are imposing a pay increase rather than negotiate further.

Meanwhile the drivers and bay operators, who have worked throughout the pandemic, have been offered a pin and £240 as a thank you gesture.

A recent consultative ballot saw 82% of drivers and 90% of bay operators say they would take industrial action.

The strike ballot opens on December 14 and closes on December 29.

Eamon O’Hearn, GMB National Officer, said:

“Our members are angry, and rightly so.

“They’ve put their own lives in danger to keep the country moving and the company afloat during this pandemic.

“These members also deliver more profit, and cost less, than anyone else in the company.

“Now they’ve been offered a thank you badge, a couple of hundred quid and a paltry pay rise for their efforts. It’s insulting.

“We urge the company to get round the table, renegotiate and avoid this damaging industrial action.”

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