Rolls Royce workers set to strike over pension dispute
Changes to BMW Group's pension scheme leads to 24-hour walk-out
by Abi Moses on 6th May, 2017
Workers at the Chichester plant of car-making giants, Rolls Royce are due to strike for the first time in decades over their continued dispute with the BMW Group over a change to their pension scheme.
Employees are set to take to the picket lines for 24 hours outside the Rolls Royce main gates after Thursday's talks over BMW Group's pension changes ended without an agreement being made. The walk-out follows similar action at numerous other BMW sites in the UK, including their Mini factory in , Oxfordshire
Unite national officer, Fred Hanna, stated "BMW bosses need to realise that workers who make the world-renowned Rolls Royce motor cars, along with their colleagues elsewhere in BMW UK will not roll over." The union has claimed that some workers are set to lose over £160,000 in retirement income if BMW press ahead with plans to close the final salary pension
Mr Hanna, explained "Rolls Royce workers make some of the most luxurious cars for some of the richest people on the planet. Yet BMW wants to repay their hard work and craftsmanship, which has generated record orders and delivered record profits, by pinching their pensions. With industrial action clearly having an impact on production, BMW bosses need to reflect on today’s talks and demonstrate a serious willingness to address our members’ concerns."
He continued by warning, "There is a window of a week, before further action, in which BMW can work with us to hammer out a deal that is good for the workforce and the business. A failure to do so will result in the further planned industrial action going ahead with the continued disruption it brings to car production."
The Rolls Royce / BMW Group dispute is the latest high-profile pension dispute experienced at one of the UK's major companies. Spread Betting reported last week that Prime Minister, Theresa May is set to give new powers to the Pensions Regulator as she aims to avoid a repeat of the BHS pensions scandal.
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