Hundreds took part in the first ever strike by workers in the private gas company Transco on Wednesday of last week. Around 650 workers are involved in the dispute over pay.
They held lively picket lines at the major depots in London at Romford and Barnet, and also at Slough in Berkshire. The workers, members of the GMB union, are planning more strikes in the run-up to Christmas.
They are fighting for more money for the higher cost of living and working in London and the south east. Transco pays less than other private gas firms operating in London. Yet it made an operating profit of £958 million last year.