British Gas Strike Vote

23 Mar 2010

Ballot papers were sent out on Friday 5th March to 8,000 GMB members in an official strike ballot at British and Scottish Gas over macho management and bullying which is leading to attacks on terms and conditions of employment. The ballot, organised by the Electoral Reform Balloting Services, closed on March 23rd. These members at British Gas are employed in industrial grades and do jobs like gas service engineers, central heating boiler engineers and work at the distributions depots across Great Britain.

Last month GMB published an internal email from Phil Bentley which referred to 25% cuts in frontline jobs across the business.

Paul Kenny, GMB General Secretary said, “This 90% YES vote for industrial action completely vindicates what GMB has been telling the company. It is time for someone at Centrica to sit up and take notice. GMB will give British Gas one week to respond to the ballot result to allow for a constructive response. GMB members want an independent inquiry into the profit at all costs driven by Mr Bentley. GMB will meet with the national shop stewards at British Gas in the next week to determine what form the industrial action will take should British Gas not lift the conflicting demands they are placing on GMB members. “