I’m struggling to see what British Gas engineers are moaning about. They have been on favourable terms for the last 35 years. British Gas engineers earn £40k per year which is over £9k more than the average UK wage, to justify these wages the engineers need to improve their productivity. Centrica, the owners of British Gas lost £362 million last year. How can staff justify these lofty wages when British Gas are losing so much money?
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Centrica have asked staff to accept these reasonable changes of which 98% have consented to do so. Centrica has also said to us at A Spokesman Said “We have not cut base pay or changed our generous final salary pensions. Our gas service engineers remain some of the best paid in the sector, earning £40,000 a year minimum. While change is difficult, reversing our decline which has seen us lose over three million customers, cut over 15,000 jobs and seen profits halved over the last 10 years is necessary. The changes will also unlock our ability to grow jobs and hire 1000 green apprentices over the next two years.’’
There are many engineers who work 40 hours a week, which I must add is a standard working week so it beggars belief why British Gas engineers think they should be any different and stay at their 37 hours per week. British Gas will also be paying the additional 3 hours work for 2 years after which they will continue to pay this as long a staff reach a “reasonable and achievable minimum productivity target.” This equates to £2,540 per year, a very fair deal it seems to me.
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What this seems to come down to is that British Gas staff want a company losing a lot of money to keep backing their staffs inflated wages. When a company is losing out they have to cut back and unfortunately losing staff is a consequence. There is clearly an issue with engineer productivity so I welcome any attempt from British Gas to try and increase it.