Join the Socialist Party Join us today!

Printable version Printable version

Facebook   Twitter

Link to this page: https://www.socialistparty.org.uk/issue/1116/31830

From The Socialist newspaper, 13 January 2021

British Gas workers strike against 'fire and rehire' plans

Leicester picket line of British Gas engineers, striking for five days to maintain their present working conditions and pay, 8 January 2021, photo Leicester SP

Leicester picket line of British Gas engineers, striking for five days to maintain their present working conditions and pay, 8 January 2021, photo Leicester SP   (Click to enlarge)

British Gas engineers in the GMB union held a picket line on Aylestone Road, Leicester on 11 January and received tremendous support from passers-by, both on foot, and in cars hooting their horns.

They have been out on strike for five days so far against massive attacks on their pay and terms and conditions. These include an increase in working hours for no extra pay. This is in addition to driving time to customers' homes at the start of the day, and back at the end, being excluded from working hours, plus attacks on holidays and rota systems, and more.

Leicester Socialist Party members have been on the picket line on Aylestone Road showing solidarity.

Paul Carvell, the local shop steward and a regional GMB rep, who is a technical engineer and has worked for the company for 38 years, spoke to the Socialist:

"We are out on strike because our terms and conditions are under threat.

"To force this through they've used the tactic of fire and rehire. The union has successfully negotiated with the management for years, but, now a new CEO (Chris O'Shea) has decided the only way forward is to use bully-boy tactics. These terms, and conditions will make a massive difference to my work-life balance.

"Over 95% of the engineers are on strike, we are a heavily unionised industry. We don't want to take this action; this is the time of year when our customers need us most to keep them warm. But this is the last chance to stop these disgusting attacks.

"The next step is five more days of, strike spread across three weeks.

"We want a settlement, but fire and rehire is an absolute disgrace and should be illegal."

The holding company for British Gas, Centrica, made 901 million in profits last year. The Socialist Party campaigns for renationalisation of the industry, with democratic workers' control, so that this kind of profiteering management can be removed.

GMB regional organiser based in Leicester, Colin Wyatt, said "this action is a result of bullying tactics. We've said 'No way O'Shea' and enough is enough!"

Donate to the Socialist Party

Finance appeal

The coronavirus crisis has laid bare the class character of society in numerous ways. It is making clear to many that it is the working class that keeps society running, not the CEOs of major corporations.

The results of austerity have been graphically demonstrated as public services strain to cope with the crisis.

The government has now ripped up its 'austerity' mantra and turned to policies that not long ago were denounced as socialist. But after the corona crisis, it will try to make the working class pay for it, by trying to claw back what has been given.

  • The Socialist Party's material is more vital than ever, so we can continue to report from workers who are fighting for better health and safety measures, against layoffs, for adequate staffing levels, etc.
  • When the health crisis subsides, we must be ready for the stormy events ahead and the need to arm workers' movements with a socialist programme - one which puts the health and needs of humanity before the profits of a few.
Inevitably, during the crisis we have not been able to sell the Socialist and raise funds in the ways we normally would.
We therefore urgently appeal to all our viewers to donate to our Fighting Fund.

Please donate here.

All payments are made through a secure server.

My donation

 

Your message: 

 


In The Socialist 13 January 2021:


News

Our health and livelihoods before their profits

Londoners suffer and Khan piles on pressure

Bosses earn workers' annual wage in three days


NHS

NHS Emergency - Fight for a fully funded, publicly owned, socialist NHS

Dispatches from the front - health workers speak out

NHS pandemic warnings ignored - renationalise our NHS


Schools

Schools: Act together to oppose unsafe numbers and rising workload


Economy

Global capitalism at most dangerous conjuncture since the 1930s


Vaccines

Fully resource the vaccination programme now

Covid vaccine nationalism threatens pandemic response


International news

How should socialists respond to the 6 January attacks on Capitol Hill?


Retail

Lockdown 3.0 - fight to make our shops safe!

Ryan Aldred: Why I'm standing for Usdaw's EC


Workplace news

Unison get sec election shows left can win NEC

Royal mail management forced to make concessions

British Gas workers strike against 'fire and rehire' plans

Get stuck in to build a fighting, democratic PCS union


Youth and students

Refund student rent and fees - fight for free education and make the 1% pay

Exams scrapped again - young people need a future with jobs and free education


Campaigns and party news

Help us fund the fight for Socialism

TUSC to hold local elections conference in February


Review

Book Review: Humankind - Dispelling the myth that humans are too selfish for socialism


 

Home   |   The Socialist 13 January 2021   |   Join the Socialist Party

Subscribe   |   Donate   |   Audio  |   PDF  |   ebook






Related links:

GMB:

triangleBritish Gas workers on strike against fire and re-hire pay cut

triangleFight Amazon's anti-union spies

triangleCoordinated union struggle needed to save jobs and nationalise JCB

triangleWorkers at Lewisham coronavirus hospital walk out after not being paid

triangleCouncil concedes to striking winter gritters' demands

Fire:

triangleStop 'fire and rehire' at British Gas

triangle

Heathrow workers strike against 'fire and rehire' plans

triangleHeathrow workers to strike against 'fire and rehire' plans

triangleGrenfell watch: landlord's 800,000 saving

Gas:

triangleNewham gas workers' strike threat

triangleNewham gas workers to strike

Strike:

triangleHospital security staff on strike for 12 an hour

triangleSouth London council workers vote to strike

Workers:

triangleNHS Emergency - Fight for a fully funded, publicly owned, socialist NHS

Reports and campaigns

Reports and campaigns

13/1/21

Usdaw

Ryan Aldred: Why I'm standing for Usdaw's EC

13/1/21

Schools

Act together to oppose unsafe numbers and rising workload

13/1/21

GMB

British Gas workers strike against 'fire and rehire' plans

13/1/21

NHS

NHS pandemic warnings ignored - renationalise our NHS

13/1/21

Socialist Students

Refund student rent and fees - fight for free education and make the 1% pay

13/1/21

NHS

Dispatches from the front - health workers speak out

13/1/21

London

Londoners suffer and Khan piles on pressure

13/1/21

PCS

Get stuck in to build a fighting, democratic PCS union

13/1/21

Fighting Fund

Help us fund the fight for Socialism

13/1/21

Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition

TUSC to hold local elections conference in February

13/1/21

NHS

NHS Emergency - Fight for a fully funded, publicly owned, socialist NHS

13/1/21

Royal Mail

Royal mail management forced to make concessions

13/1/21

Retail

Lockdown 3.0 - fight to make our shops safe!

13/1/21

Education

Exams scrapped again - young people need a future with jobs and free education

6/1/21

NHS

Protect lives and livelihoods, fight to defend the NHS

triangleMore Reports and campaigns articles...


Join the Socialist Party
Subscribe to Socialist Party publications
Donate to the Socialist Party
Socialist Party Facebook page
Socialist Party on Twitter
Visit us on Youtube

LATEST POSTS

CONTACT US

Phone our national office on 020 8988 8777

Email: [email protected]

Locate your nearest Socialist Party branch Text your name and postcode to 07761 818 206

Regional Socialist Party organisers:

Eastern: 079 8202 1969

East Mids: 077 3797 8057

London: 075 4018 9052

North East: 078 4114 4890

North West 079 5437 6096

South West: 077 5979 6478

Southern: 078 3368 1910

Wales: 079 3539 1947

West Mids: 024 7655 5620

Yorkshire: 077 0671 0041

ABOUT US

ARCHIVE

Alphabetical listing


January 2021

2020

2019

2018

2017

2016

2015

2014

2013

2012

2011

2010

2009

2008

2007

2006

2005

2004

2003

2002

2001

2000

1999