GMB members overwhelming vote for strike action in British Gas over 'macho' management

8,000 GMB members have voted overwhelmingly for strike action at British Gas GMB announced today. Over 82% voted YES for strike action and 90% voted YES for industrial action short of a strike. The next step is for GMB Shop Stewards to meet to consider the ballot result and to agree the appropriate forms of industrial action to take and when to take it.

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, organized by the Electoral Reform Balloting Services, closes 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.

95% of GMB members at British and Scottish Gas last month voted, in a consultative ballot, for a formal ballot for industrial action against macho management in the company. (See Note1). A full report of the dispute in British Gas was considered by the Central Executive Council in London on 16 February when the go ahead for the ballot was given.

Last month GMB published an internal email from Phil Bentley which referred to 25% cuts in frontline jobs across the business. See note 2.

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.”

Visit http://www.gas-leak.co.uk to read the views of GMB members who work for British Gas and have voted for strike action.


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