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This is what solidarity looks like: support for the British Gas strike fund.

13 Jan 2021
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GMB Midland & East Coast Regional Secretary, Martin Allen, today sent thanks to GMB Energy & Utilities (R25) Branch for their contribution to the British Gas workers strike fund.

In July, in the middle of the pandemic, British Gas owners Centrica commenced the process of firing its entire UK workforce of 20,000 so that it could re-employ them on new terms.  It sent out the statutory notice for these dismissals before negotiations had started on the proposed changes.  The result was a massive breakdown in trust between the workforce and their employer.

Striking is a last resort and leaves workers forgoing a day's pay. The GMB British Gas strike fund is raising funds to support British Gas workers and their families as they struggle for fairness and justice.

Martin Allen, GMB Midland & East Coast Regional Secretary said:

"This contribution of £500 will go a long way to supporting striking British Gas workers and their families. What’s more, this act of solidarity shows what being a member of our great union is all about, supporting our colleagues and fellow workers in their time of need. I pass my sincere thanks to our fantastic GMB Midland & East Coast Energy & Utilities branch for this donation".

Ian Burkett, Secretary for the GMB Energy & Utilities branch said:

"We stand shoulder to shoulder with striking GMB members at British Gas. This strike is about protecting basic employment rights in the energy industry and we hope out contribution will encourage others to show their support for the strike fund".

Colin Whyatt, GMB Organiser for British Gas members in the Midland & East Coast said:

"The strike fund is an essential part of supporting our members taking industrial action. Speaking with GMB members in meetings and on picket lines across the region, it’s clear they’re determined to fight and to win. As the GMB Midland & East Coast, we’re behind them 100%".

 

Contributions can be made to the strike fund at www.crowdfunder.co.uk/british-gas-strike-fund

If you would like to discuss making a contribution from your GMB Branch, you can contact the GMB Midland & East Coast on 0115 960 7171.

 
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