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GMB slams British Gas as further redundancies planned across UK

10 Feb 2021
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Announcement comes after 5,000 jobs were cut last Summer and company faces huge backlog after weeks of industrial action 

British Gas has announced that it will begin redundancy consultations on further job losses. 

Staff in the administration grades in Manchester, Cardiff, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Leicester and Leeds. The reason given for these redundancies is to save money by cutting costs. 

These redundancies are in addition to the 5,000 job losses announced last summer.

The redundancies are other bargaining groups outside the Field staff bargaining group.  Like the Field staff they were included in the ‘fire and rehire’ cuts to terms and conditions of employment.  Unlike those in Field staff bargaining group they have accepted the company proposals. 

Instead of making yet more redundancies, the priority should be to resolve the industrial action it has provoked from its loyal workforce with its hated fire and rehire plans.  

Justin Bowden, GMB National Secretary

The Field staff bargaining group rejected the ‘fire and rehire’ cuts. They have already taken part in 16 days of strike action. This is being followed by a further 12 days of action in three lots of four-day strikes, each starting at 00.01 hours on February 12  February 19 and February 26 - ending at 23.59 on 1st March.  

A meeting of GMB’s Central Executive Council (CEC) on Tuesday 2nd February determined action in the deadlocked dispute in the Field bargaining group until the middle of April. 

After 16 days of strikes, more than 210,000 homes are in a backlog for repairs and 250, 000 planned annual service visits were axed. The company is misleading the media that it is catching up after 24 hours. 

Justin Bowden, GMB National Secretary said: 

“British Gas is a company of underlying profitability, more job cuts are not the solution, it is a proper plan for growth that is urgently needed and which carries the workforce with it.

"Instead of making yet more redundancies, the priority should be to resolve the industrial action it has provoked from its loyal workforce with its hated fire and rehire plans.  

“The Field staff bargaining group rejected the ‘fire and rehire’ cuts. They have already taken part in 16 days of strike action. This is being followed by a further 12 days of action in three lots of four-day strikes, each starting at 00.01 hours on February 12  February 19 and February 26 - ending at 23.59 on 1st March.  

“A meeting of GMB’s Central Executive Council (CEC) on Tuesday 2nd February determined action in the deadlocked dispute in the Field bargaining group until the middle of April. 

“After 16 days of strikes, more than 210, 000 homes are in a backlog for repairs and 250, 000 planned annual service visits were axed. The company is misleading the media that it is catching up after 24 hours.” 

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