STUC: Bullying attacks on gas engineers is a major breach of Fair Work principles and the company must face consequences
Hundreds of workers at British Gas (which trades at Scottish Gas in Scotland) will today be sacked by the company for refusing to sign ‘fire and rehire’ contracts attacking pay and conditions. Speaking just before the 12noon deadline, when the ultimatum to workers expires, STUC General Secretary Roz Foyer branded the actions of the company as an attack on the rights of workers across the country and a major breach of the Fair Work principles.
“I pay tribute to the brave GMB workers at British Gas who have stood up for what is right. The fact that fire and rehire is legal is a disgrace. The action of these workers will inspire the whole trade union movement to continue to campaign for an end to this outrageous practice.
Foyer said the company should face consequences.
“We are calling on the Scottish Government and all public bodies signed up the Fair Work principles to review their current contracts with Scottish Gas and henceforth not to do business with company. Big business needs to know that it cannot act with impunity when it attacks workers”