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Hundreds lose jobs in British Gas contract row

Almost 500 British Gas engineers have lost their jobs after they refused to sign new contracts.
The company had given staff until midday on Wednesday to agree to new terms, which will force them to work more hours and cut pay.
Centrica, which owns British Gas, said around 2% of its staff had chosen not to sign the new contracts and would therefore leave the firm.
However, it declined to give precise numbers saying they could still change.
Andy Prendergast, acting national secretary of GMB union said: "Today has been the largest mass dismissal in living memory and this won't be forgotten.
"Members are upset and angry that after everything, the company has still decided to do this."
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