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Workers at BMW have a strike action over plans to close the final pensions

British workers at BMW’s Mini and Rolls-Royce car plants have backed strike action over plans by the German automaker to close the firm’s final salary pensions, Britain’s biggest trade union said on Friday.
FILE PHOTO: Workers assemble cars at the plant for the Mini range of cars in Cowley, near Oxford, Britain June 20, 2016.
The firm said on Friday it wanted to act now to secure the long-term viability of its pensions and remained open to further talks.
“BMW needs to reflect on this extraordinary vote in favour of industrial action and the real possibility that its UK workforce will strike for the first time under its ownership in the coming weeks,” Unite General Secretary Len McCluskey said.
A total of 93 percent of employees who are members of the Unite union and voted in the ballot backed striking and representatives said they would now discuss possible walkout dates involving up to 3,500 workers at four sites.

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UK BMW workers back strike over pensions

Image copyright PAUK workers at BMW have voted overwhelmingly to go on strike in a dispute over pensions, the Unite union has announced.
BMW workers making engines and the Mini and Rolls-Royce motorcars plan to strike over plans to close their final salary pension scheme.
The union says the proposal could see some UK workers lose up to £160,000 in retirement income.
The strike was backed by 93% of BMW employees in the Unite union who voted in the ballot.
A BMW spokesperson said: “BMW Group has always prided itself in providing excellent pensions for its staff and wants to act now to protect future pension provision for its UK workforce.”
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as informed in REUTERS/Leon Neal/Pool/File PhotoLONDON British workers at BMW’s Mini and Rolls-Royce car plants have backed strike action over plans by the German automaker to close the firm’s final salary pensions, Britain’s biggest trade union said on Friday.
FILE PHOTO: Workers assemble cars at the plant for the Mini range of cars in Cowley, near Oxford, Britain June 20, 2016.
The firm said on Friday it wanted to act now to secure the long-term viability of its pensions and remained open to further talks.
“BMW needs to reflect on this extraordinary vote in favour of industrial action and the real possibility that its UK workforce will strike for the first time under its ownership in the coming weeks,” Unite General Secretary Len McCluskey said.
A total of 93 percent of employees who are members of the Unite union and voted in the ballot backed striking and representatives said they would now discuss possible walkout dates involving up to 3,500 workers at four sites.

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