BMW workers at the Cowley plant

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Employees on the Cowley plant, the place BMW makes Minis, are collaborating within the strike.

Employees at three BMW crops within the UK are staging a one-day strike in a row over pensions.

The walkout, which is the primary by BMW employees in Britain, is a part of a wave of stoppages on the carmaker over the closure of a final-salary pension scheme.

The Unite union, which organised the motion, referred to as it a final resort and accused BMW of “pension theft”.

BMW urged the union to return to the negotiating desk.

Based on Unite, picket strains shall be in place for 24 hours at three BMW’s crops:

  • Cowley in Oxfordshire, the place the agency makes the Mini
  • Hams Corridor in Birmingham, the place it makes engines
  • And Swindon, the place it makes elements.

Employees on the Goodwood plant, which makes Rolls-Royce vehicles, usually are not strolling out on this event.

The employees are protesting in opposition to a plan to shut a defined-benefit pension scheme in June and transfer employees to a contribution-based scheme – one thing Unite says might value employees as much as £160,000 in misplaced revenue.

Based on BMW, 67% of these affected by the adjustments who had been eligible to vote backed the motion.

Unite basic secretary Len McCluskey mentioned: “BMW’s refusal to debate inexpensive choices to maintain the pension scheme open signifies that for the primary time, its UK workforce shall be taking strike motion.

“It is rather a lot the final resort for a world-class workforce that takes nice pleasure in making the enduring Mini and world-renowned Rolls-Royce motor vehicles and one which might have been prevented if BMW’s bosses had been keen to barter meaningfully.”

BMW mentioned it was “firmly open” to additional talks.

“We now have been in significant discussions with Unite since September of final 12 months and have put ahead quite a lot of choices to assist workers transition to the proposed new pension scheme preparations,” it mentioned.

“Like many companies, we all know that the prices and dangers related to defined-benefit pension schemes makes them unsustainable and unaffordable in the long run.”

Unite members are to carry seven additional stoppages involving all 4 of BMW’s UK crops at numerous instances. The primary of those will occur on 23 April, with the final on 24 Might.