Thousands of gas workers will go on strike for 48 hours in pay dispute that could cause outages in homes and businesses across England
Thousands of gas distribution workers are to stage a 48-hour strike in a dispute over pay and conditions.
Members of the GMB union at Cadent will take industrial action on May 30 and 31.
The union said the walkout involved around 2,000 workers.
The union also claimed the strike could cause outages at homes and businesses throughout five regions in England – the North West, East and West Midlands, East Anglia and North London.
The union also claimed the strike could cause outages at homes and businesses throughout five regions in England
The GMB said its members rejected a below inflation pay increase of 2% for 2021 and 4% from July, describing it as a real terms pay cut because RPI inflation is in double figures.
Gary Carter, GMB national officer, said: ‘Bosses are trumpeting they’ve raised rates to £10 per hour, but that’s nothing to be proud of. It’s poor pay, for skilled work.
‘Cadent Gas makes big profits from taxpayers for its Australian owners MacQuarie. It can afford to pay its workers properly.
‘Bosses need to get their heads out of the sand and start listening to workers.’
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