Apr 19, 2017

BMW workers in UK strike over pensions

The walkout, which is the first by BMW workers in Britain, is part of a wave of stoppages at the carmaker over the closure of a final-salary pension scheme. The Unite union, which organised the action, called it a last resort and accused BMW of "Pension robbery". The workers are protesting against a plan to close a defined-benefit pension scheme in June and move workers to a contribution-based scheme - something Unite says could cost workers up to £160,000 in lost income. "Unite general secretary Len McCluskey said:"BMW's refusal to discuss affordable options to keep the pension scheme open means that for the first time, its UK workforce will be taking strike action. Unite members are to hold seven further stoppages involving all four of BMW's UK plants at various times.

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