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Issue No. 1711

SOME 120 workers for British Gas Services in London held a strike last week in a dispute over pay. The engineers, members of the GMB union, are demanding the firm pays all the workers the £100 inner London allowance which only a section of the workforce gets.

The action hit services in north London, and inner east and west London. Workers in Seven Sisters have already held four days of strike action over the last three months over pay.

The strikes were due to continue on Friday of last week and Monday of this week. But they were called off after the company announced it would make a new offer. However, British Gas Services claims it was not given enough notice of the strike being cancelled. It threatened to lock the workers out on Thursday and refused to pay them for working Friday.

Mass meetings were planned this week to discuss any new offer from the company. But the bosses' threat not to pay the workers for Friday could provoke more strike action.

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Sat 26 Aug 2000, 00:00 BST
Issue No. 1711
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