BMW staff to continue strike action

The BMW plant in Cowley where workers are on strike

BMW employees have vowed not to back down in their fight over proposed changes to their pension scheme.

A 24-hour strike on April 19 kicked off the series of protests with workers taking to the picket lines against the company’s plans to close the final salary pension scheme by the end of May.

This was the first of eight strikes planned for four of BMW’s UK plants, including Cowley, Hams Hall in the West Midlands and Swindon.

Cowley workers carried out their second strike on Sunday with further dates of protest confirmed at the site for May 16, 18 and 21.

Last week, Unite assistant general secretary for manufacturing Tony Burke said: “Today’s solidly supported strike should serve as a wake-up call to BMW’s bosses and underlines the determination of Unite members to defend their hard earned pensions.”

“BMW workers are deeply alarmed by the company’s plans which could see some of them lose up to £160,000 in retirement income.

“BMW bosses need to get their heads out of the sand and recognise this is no way to treat a workforce.”

A BMW spokesperson previously said: “BMW has always prided itself in providing excellent pensions for its staff and wants to act now to protect future pension provision for its UK workforce.”

Latest figures showed a surge in BMW Group’s net profit of eight per cent to €6.9 billion, as well as a record year for Mini sales and a six per cent rise in Roll-Royce sales.

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