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From The Socialist newspaper, 3 March 2021

British Gas strike

British Gas workers on strike. Photo Iain Dalton

British Gas workers on strike. Photo Iain Dalton   (Click to enlarge)

Around 7,000 British Gas engineers, members of the GMB trade union, are continuing their strike action because the company bosses have refused to withdraw their 'fire and rehire' contract which would leave workers on worse pay and conditions. The engineers remain determined to defeat the plans of this profitable company, as reflected in the nearly four weeks of combined strike action.

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