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The Socialist 10 February 2021

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Striking British Gas workers fighting to win

British Gas workers' on strike in Leicester February 2021, photo Steve Score

British Gas workers' on strike in Leicester February 2021, photo Steve Score   (Click to enlarge)

Steve Score, Leicester Socialist Party

British Gas engineers were out on the picket lines and protesting around the country again on 5 February - the day they were meant to have signed the new contracts which are a huge attack on their terms and conditions. They are not accepting them! They have been consistently picketing since the strike began and the support in Leicester from passers-by has never been better.

Paul Carvell, GMB steward said: "5,000 engineers are being dismissed and re-engaged on poorer terms and conditions.

"Today is D-Day: You were meant to have signed by 12 o'clock. A week ago, Chris O'Shea (CEO of Centrica, British Gas' holding company) said people who signed the new contact now would get the best deal and those that don't will get a worse one. But now he has swung 180 degrees under pressure. Yesterday he said if you have signed and there is a better deal you will get the better one.

"The strike and the support is getting stronger. O'Shea is making catastrophic mistakes. Payroll emailed everyone telling them what money would be deducted in their wages in February which only further infuriated the engineers. They take weeks to pay you overtime they owe but can deduct strike days almost immediately.

"He has been dragged before a parliamentary committee and questioned on 'fire and rehire' and Acas is now involved. GMB always wished to get a negotiated outcome but will not accept this despicable tactic of 'fire and rehire' being used."

The Socialist Party says:

  • Stop 'fire and rehire'
  • Renationalise British Gas under democratic workers' control

In this issue


News

Tories admit market failure - we want our NHS back!

Question mark over AstraZeneca's vaccine to protect against new Covid variant

Big Energy piles on the misery

News in brief


Racism

Black Workers' Charter: A programme to fight racism


Grenfell

Grenfell: Are we any closer to justice?


TUSC

TUSC online conference: Preparing to build a working-class force for the local elections in May

Ex-Labour socialists preparing to stand for TUSC in Devon


Workplace news

Striking British Gas workers fighting to win

PCS: Vote for rank-and-file socialist Broad Left Network candidates

Hackney schools workers to strike

York couriers call on council for protection from "fear of dismissal"

Court workers to ballot in fight for safety

NSSN meeting: Fight together against the Tories and bosses' Covid offensive


International news

Myanmar coup - For a workers-led struggle for democracy and socialism!

Turkey: Bogaziši university students protest appointment of government loyalist as rector


Campaigns and party news

Why I joined the Socialist Party - a nurse

Why I joined the Socialist Party - a student

London fire victims lobby Tory mayoral candidate

Why you should come to Socialist Students online conference


Readers' opinion

Covid and pregnancy

Book that inspired me: God's bits of wood

Starmer ditches Labour movement tradition for cheap trick

The Socialist Inbox


 

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10 February 2021