The sun shines on greedy gas bosses, as Britain shivers

The sun shines on greedy gas bosses, as Britain shivers

27 March 2013

As the British people shiver, the sun shines on greedy top bosses at British Gas’ owner, Centrica, who have pocketed £16.4 million in pay and bonuses, Unite, the country’s largest union, said today (Wednesday 27 March).

Unite general secretary Len McCluskey called on the government to introduce an immediate cap on excessive executive pay which was “an insult to millions of working people living through the worst recession in a generation and the worst March weather in 50 years.”

Len McCluskey said: “Enough is enough – this excessive greed which sees casino bankers and the corporate elite running British business pocket millions, while working people struggle to pay their soaring household bills must stop.

“As Britain goes through the worst March weather in half a century, the sun shines brightly on Centrica’s bosses while those struggling to pay the bills shiver.

“British Gas is making huge profits, but an increasing number of people are faced with fuel poverty, where more than 10 per cent of their income goes on fuel costs.

“The government, presided over by the Bullingdon duo of Cameron and Osborne, is squeezing the life out of people's living standards and is immune to the daily struggle of ordinary people. They either don’t care or are too weak to act on the excessive executive pay which is being made off the back soaring fuel bills and hard pressed customers.

“However, the groundswell of anger at this latest abuse by an almost monopoly industry demands immediate action.”


For further information please contact Unite senior communications officer Shaun Noble on 07768 693940

  • Unite is Britain and Ireland’s largest trade union with 1.5 million members working across all sectors of the economy. The general secretary is Len McCluskey.