GMB members working at British Gas will forge ahead with a second wave of strike action as their appeal to the company to rethink its fire and rehire policy go unheeded.
British Gas strikes will take place on January 20th, 22nd, 25th, 29th, 30th, 31st and February 1st.
MPs from across all parties have condemned the fire and rehire tactics, but so far, the message does not seem to have had any impact on the company and its intentions to continue with these draconian measures.
Socially distanced picket-lines will be held throughout the Country with the British Gas HQ, Newbridge House in Leeds, being a focal point on all strike days.
Peter Davies, GMB Senior Organiser in Yorkshire & North Derbyshire, said:
“The leader of the Labour party has condemned these mass sackings, dismissals that are only taking place so that British Gas can then rehire most of our members on far worse terms and conditions
“And now the Prime Minister has expressed his concerns and the need for the company to get back round the table - we know where public opinion sits with this dispute.
“Sadly, British Gas don't seem to care and are hell bent on pressing ahead.
“That means we now have a very messy and long battle ahead and have no doubt, we may not want that, but we are certainly ready for it.
“The GMB has a long tradition of making sure workers who are willing to stand up for their rights and fight for fairness are not starved back into work.
“And we are not alone either - the entire union movement is now getting behind this dispute because they know when these huge companies get away with this, it's not long before fire and rehire becomes the norm.”