BMW’s British staff suspend strikes in ‘pensions robbery’ row –

Posted: Thursday, May 18, 2017

Workers at BMW’s plants in Britain have suspended strikes over plans to make changes to their pensions after the company offered staff a new deal.

Up to 3,500 workers at the company’s UK plants have been staging 24-hour walk-outs over the German car giant’s plans to close the final-salary pension scheme.

A total of eight strikes were planned over April and May, with four having already taken place, bringing production grinding to a halt at four bases – the Mini factory in Oxford, Rolls-Royce headquarters in West Sussex, and engines and components sites in Swindon and Birmingham.

Union Unite called BMW’s original proposals a “pensions robbery” that could cost some staff £160,000 in lost retirement benefits.


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