Around 7,000 British Gas engineers will put down their tools and take to the picket line on Friday, after talks aimed at addressing ongoing concerns broke down.
British Gas engineers will strike for four days, starting on the 26th February and ending on Monday, in response to Centrica’s plan to sack them all and rehire them on worse terms and conditions.
It comes as Centrica recorded £699 million in adjusted operating profits, and a £52 million statutory profit compared to an £849 million loss in the previous 12 months.
Talks between GMB and British Gas have taken place at ACAS, but GMB says the company’s refusal to withdraw it fire and rehire plan remains the main obstacle to a potential resolution.
Justin Bowden, GMB National Secretary, said: “Last summer, when British Gas decided on fire and rehire pay cuts for gas engineers, it was already a profitable company – as today’s results confirm.
“So there is no need to hurt workers, customers and shareholders. Refusing to take fire and rehire off the table is the main obstacle to a settlement at ACAS.
“Strike days 23 to 26 will go ahead at British Gas from tomorrow and GMB’s executive has determined action could continue to mid-April in this deadlocked dispute.
“After 22 days of strikes, more than 230,000 homes are in a backlog for repairs and 300,000 planned annual service visits have been axed.
“The company is misleading the media that it is catching up after 24 hours.”