British Gas engineers embark on series of strikes

Engineers at British Gas are starting the first of five strikes in protest at the closure of the company’s final salary pension scheme to new entrants.

The engineers are holding a 24-hour strike, with further ones planned for 19 and 21 December, and 6 and 9 January.

A total of 6,000 workers, who are members of the GMB union, are taking part.

At the weekend, British Gas management said they were “disappointed and frustrated” after a breakdown in talks.

The union said it had asked the company to suspend closing the pension scheme to new entrants for a year while the scheme was re-evaluated.


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