Hundreds of British Gas engineers to lose jobs in ‘fire and rehire’ scheme – The Guardian

Centrica
Employees have refused to register to tougher work terms enforced by UKs greatest energy business

In the last 2 weeks hundreds of engineers are understood to have actually signed up to the agreements, leaving 500 having actually refused to sign by the end of Tuesday. The business anticipates a last wave of 11th-hour agreement signings on Wednesday morning, to leave between 300 and 400 engineers without a job.The end of the grace period is anticipated to draw a line on the bitter nine-month fight between British Gas executives and trade union representatives at GMB, which has actually accused the supplier of “bullying” its employees.The fire and rehire scheme is legal, however it has provoked fury among staff members and the GMB. British Gas set out the plans last summertime as part of an official assessment procedure with trade unions to enhance its work contracts and increase productivity to help save the company from the threat of financial ruin.Under the new contracts, full-time engineers would be needed to work an extra three hours a week, or 40 hours a week in total, and would not be paid a greater rate to work when needed on weekends and public holidays.The terms were accepted by a lot of trade unions, and workers, however the GMB has actually staged more than 40 days of strike action in recent months in demonstration versus the “mass sacking” of its members.British Gas to bump up energy bills by ₤ 97 a year for millionsAndy Prendergast, GMB acting nationwide secretary, stated that although numerous of its 8,000 engineers have actually agreed to the new terms “under duress”, the companys “dreadful” treatment of its staff had harmed morale across the workforce.
British Gas said the business was altering the way it worked “to give our clients the service they secure the future and desire of our business and 20,000 UK jobs”. The owner of British Gas, Centrica, has lost more than three-quarters of its market worth in the last 5 years and the supplier reported its weakest profits on record earlier this year.

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Hundreds of British Gas engineers will lose their jobs by midday on Wednesday after refusing to register to harder employment terms imposed by the businesss controversial “fire and rehire” scheme.On 1 April Britains biggest energy supplier handed dismissal notices to near 1,000 of its engineers, who set up and fix boilers and heating unit for the company snine million service customers.The engineers were granted a grace duration of 2 weeks in which to change their minds and register to contracts that call for longer hours together with shifts over weekends and bank holidays– or lose their jobs.
In the last two weeks hundreds of engineers are comprehended to have actually signed up to the contracts, leaving 500 having refused to sign by the end of Tuesday. The business expects a last wave of 11th-hour contract finalizings on Wednesday early morning, to leave in between 300 and 400 engineers without a job.The end of the grace period is anticipated to draw a line on the bitter nine-month fight between British Gas executives and trade union agents at GMB, which has actually accused the provider of “bullying” its employees.The fire and rehire plan is legal, however it has actually provoked fury amongst staff members and the GMB. British Gas set out the plans last summer as part of an official consultation procedure with trade unions to simplify its employment agreements and increase productivity to assist save business from the threat of financial ruin.Under the new contracts, full-time engineers would be needed to work an extra 3 hours a week, or 40 hours a week in total, and would not be paid a higher rate to work when needed on weekends and public holidays.The terms were accepted by most trade unions, and employees, but the GMB has actually staged more than 40 days of strike action in recent months in demonstration versus the “mass sacking” of its members.British Gas to bump up energy expenses by ₤ 97 a year for millionsAndy Prendergast, GMB acting nationwide secretary, said that although numerous of its 8,000 engineers have actually accepted the brand-new terms “under duress”, the businesss “dreadful” treatment of its personnel had actually damaged morale throughout the workforce.
British Gas stated the business was changing the way it worked “to give our consumers the service they want and protect the future of our business and 20,000 UK tasks”. The owner of British Gas, Centrica, has lost more than three-quarters of its market value in the last 5 years and the supplier reported its weakest profits on record earlier this year.” While change is tough, reversing our decrease,– which has actually seen us lose over 3 million clients, cut over 15,000 tasks and seen earnings halved over the last 10 years– is necessary,” the spokesperson stated.

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