A British Gas engineer, who appeared in a recruitment ad, lost her job after refusing a contract reducing her salary.
Holly Mailey, 33, worked at the company for 12 years but lost as part of the energy giant’s ‘fire and rehire’ program.
Hundreds of British Gas engineers have lost their jobs after refusing to agree to stricter terms of employment, forcing them to work longer and face higher wage cuts.
Holly Mailey, pictured with children Matilda (three), Spencer (eight) and Camilla (five), says she had ‘no choice’ but to reject the British Gas deal
The energy supplier, which is one of the UK’s Big Six, has issued layoff notices to around 1,000 engineers who install and repair boilers and heating systems for the company’s nine million customers on April 1, in the midst of a bitter dispute over wages and working conditions.
Holly Mailey, mother of three, lost her job after rejecting the deal.
She told the Mirror: “I was so proud to wear the British Gas uniform and have always loved my job, but the last few weeks have been hell. I cried a lot.
“To think that after nearly 12 years of service that’s all, it’s over. It’s not just me. British Gas is losing thousands of years of experience by getting rid of all these engineers.
Former British gas engineer Holly Mailey appeared in a recruitment ad for the gas giant
“They didn’t give me a choice.
Parent company Centrica, which currently employs around 20,000 people in the UK, last summer announced plans to cut hundreds of jobs and change the terms of existing contracts using a controversial ‘fire and rehire’ tactic which infuriated the unions.
Under the new contracts, full-time engineers would be required to work three more hours per week, or 40 hours per week in total, and would not be paid a higher rate to work as needed on weekends and shifts. holidays.
Dozens of workers ready to lose their jobs have taken to Twitter to share their stories.
Although the terms were accepted by most unions and employees, the GMB has staged more than 40 days of strike action in recent months to protest the “mass dismissal” of its members and said British Gas “should be ashamed of itself. »The treatment of its workers.
A Centrica spokesperson said: “We are changing the way we work to give our customers the service they want and protect the future of our business and 20,000 jobs in the UK.
“The changes we need to make are reasonable and 98% of the entire company has taken on new contracts. We have not reduced the base salary or changed our generous final salary.
“Our gas service engineers remain among the best paid in the industry, earning a minimum of £ 40,000 per year.
“While change is difficult, there is a need to reverse our decline which has seen us lose over three million customers, cut over 15,000 jobs and halve profits over the past 10 years.
“The changes will also unlock our ability to create jobs and hire 1,000 green apprentices over the next two years.
“We care about all of our colleagues. That’s why we had to make changes to ensure the survival of the company – to reverse our decline and protect the future of all of our employees.