BMW workers suspend pensions strike
Three 24-hour strikes scheduled for today, Sunday and next Wednesday have been called off while workers at car plants in Cowley, Goodwood near Chichester, Hams Hall in the West Midlands and Swindon are balloted on the offer.
Recent weeks have seen four walkouts as part of the dispute over the closure of the firm’s final salary pension scheme, with the latest being on Tuesday involving workers at all four plants bringing engine, Mini and Rolls-Royce motorcar production lines to a standstill.
Unite national officer for BMW Fred Hanna said: “The planned strike action will be suspended while members consider BMW’s offer over the coming days.
“While Unite is not recommending the offer, as it will have different outcomes for different people and their pensions, members should be proud that by standing together they have forced BMW into making this offer.
“Without the action that Unite members have taken and the resolve they have shown in recent weeks, BMW would not have made this latest offer, which Unite believes members should have an opportunity to consider.
“Because members need to consider the detail of the offer first, Unite will not be sharing it with the media and will give a further update once members have decided on the next steps.”
Unite members will be consulted and have the opportunity to have their say at workplace meetings over the coming days. It is expected that the ballot on the offer will run from 24 May to 9 June.
In the meantime non-cooperation with flexible working arrangements will remain in place until the outcome of the ballot.
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