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Wednesday 6th
posted by Morning Star in Britain
“PIG-HEADED” bosses were blamed yesterday for provoking a walkout by energy engineers who install meters in homes and businesses. They will strike for a week from Monday.
 
The workers, who are members of Unite, work for energy firm EDF.
 
Bosses have mounted a ferocious attack on staff conditions, demanding evening and weekend working, redundancies and the installation of “spy in the cab” equipment to track each worker’s movements.
 
Seventy staff at EDF headquarters at Bexleyheath, south-east London, and Canning Town, east London, will strike from Monday to Friday.
 
The bosses’ proposals could affect 500 engineers.
 
The planned strike was suspended in November for talks through conciliation service Acas.
 
Unite regional officer Onay Kasab said: “Unite went into the Acas talks before Christmas in good faith, but they have been sabotaged by a pig-headed management.”
 
He said bosses had threatened “to tear up agreements they didn’t like.
 
“This macho style of management and negotiation has led to next week’s strike,” he said.



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