British Gas workers ballot for strike after three reps suspended

GMB members working for British Gas in the North West are balloting for strike action over allegations of bullying following the suspension of three senior reps.

The dispute centres over the three reps suspended in August on allegations of bullying. The company is acting on complaints allegedly made by employees that they felt bullied and intimidated by open comments made on WhatsApp.

British Gas says it has taken statements from four engineers whose identity they have kept a secret. If the disciplinaries are upheld as gross misconduct; the reps face dismissal.

GMB organiser George Patterson said: “GMB is disappointed the company have treated the union reps in this way. Due to the company’s unwillingness to try and resolve the issue through dialogue, we now feel we have no alternative.

“To address the wishes of GMB members; whose reps are suspended, we must give them the opportunity to show solidarity and support for their representatives.

“Should any industrial action follow as a result of the workforce ballot this will affect British Gas customers who need a boiler servicing, any repair or installation and will also affect any installation or servicing of the Hive system. GMB believes this is a direct attack the union and its members.”

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