UK’s BMW workers back strike action
Tuesday saw workers at BMW’s (BMWG.DE) Mini and Rolls-Royce car manufacturing plants vote to back strike action. The ballot was held as a result of the German carmaker announcing intentions to close the company’s final salary pensions.
Over 4,000 workers, all members of the Unite Union, at sites in five separate locations, including the Mini plant in Oxford and the Rolls-Royce base at Goodwood, were asked whether they wanted to take industrial action.
Unite reported that turnout for the ballot was 75%, and 96% of those voted overwhelmingly in favour of taking strike action.
“Unite will now be making arrangements to move to a full statutory industrial action ballot which, given the strength of feeling, could result in industrial action in the coming months,” it said in a statement.
BMW intends to close its two final salary pension plans from June 2017, transferring all current staff onto a less generous scheme. New employees have automatically been enrolled in the new scheme since 2014.