British Gas has offered to go to conciliation service Acas to try and end industrial action over the closure of the company’s pension scheme to new staff.
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.
A total of 6,000 workers are holding a 24-hour strike, with further ones planned for 19 and 21 December, and 6 and 9 January.
The GMB union has demanded the company suspends the closure of the pension scheme to new entrants for a year while the scheme is re-evaluated.
Meanwhile, the GMB has said the strike “is very solid”, with the only those on agreed emergency duties working.