British Gas owner 'using Covid-19 as smokescreen to alter staff contracts'

THE GUARDIAN | Trade unions have accused the owner of British Gas of using the Covid-19 pandemic as a “smokescreen” to force its 20,000 employees to accept worse employment contracts – or lose their jobs.

Centrica is in talks to “simplify” the wide range of employment contracts used across its 20,000-strong workforce, having announced plans last month to axe 5,000 jobs.

But talks between Centrica’s management and trade union representatives have reached breaking point over so-called “fire and rehire” plans, which unions fear could erode the employment terms of thousands of workers.

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