Justin Bowden, national officer at the GMB union, said Centrica’s workforce had a “history of change” and that relations between workers and the company’s management would be friendlier if staff had not been confronted with job losses when asked to help with costs.
However, charity shops are better prepared this time, Mr Osterley said. Take for example Stockport hospice charity, Beechwood Cancer Care. There's been a queue of customers at its Heald Green precinct. But it is only open to shoppers, not droppers, this week.