BMW/MINI UK workers could strike over pensions

MINI, News | March 31st, 2017 by 6
MINI Oxford plant 67 750x500

The four UK plants that develop cars and components for BMW, MINI and Rolls Royce in Oxfordshire, Chichester, Birmingham and Swindon employ thousands of workers. Of these …

The four UK plants that develop cars and components for BMW, MINI and Rolls Royce in Oxfordshire, Chichester, Birmingham and Swindon employ thousands of workers. Of these workers, about 3,500 of them are in the Unite union and have threatened to strike over pension issues.

BMW apparently wants to move workers pension from one plan to another and it could cost some UK workers up to €160,000 in retirement money. Because of this, the Unite union took a vote to strike and 93 percent were in favor of the strike. According to Unite general secretary Len McCluskey, “BMW needs to reflect on this extraordinary vote in favor of industrial action and the real possibility that its UK workforce will strike for the first time under its ownership in the coming weeks.”

MINI Oxford plant 63 750x499

Unite simply wants to negotiate with BMW to reach a common ground. BMW seems open to this as well, with a BMW spokesperson claiming “BMW Group 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.”

So it seems that there will be some sort of negotiation in the future, which will help both BMW and the Unite union to reach a middle ground. This is for the best, of course, as BMW surely wants to keep its employees happy and doesn’t want them striking, while the employees want their pensions to remain safely intact. If such a negotiation doesn’t happen soon, though, Unite workers are planning on meetings to figure out when to strike. Hopefully this is worked out soon, for the sake of both parties.

[Source: BBC]

6 responses to “BMW/MINI UK workers could strike over pensions”

  1. Cody Burnette says:

    Penisons? Really? Lol

    • The_Barron says:

      €160,000 worse off. I don’t think you’d be laughing if you would lose that much. Can’t blame people being unhappy when there is that much at stake.

      Hopefully it’ll be sorted quickly before any cars are delayed.

  2. HeHeHaHa says:

    Obviously this is not funny, but they should know this is coming, They were warned for the consequences of Brexit, still they voted for it, and now they are complaining. BMW didn’t vote for it. These British workers never appreciate anything, if it weren’t BMW taking over Mini, many of them may not even have a job. Look at all previous managements, Mini was under, they just can’t get Mini to full potential, not even close, under BMW, Mini has access to wide range of engines, even the iDrive, the industry best has a version for Mini Cooper. BMW even upgrade UK plants to world-class standards, with full automation. All those comes with a price, and BMW pay all for it. These workers are getting lousy, perhaps they should vote for previous owners to retake them to see how long that will last, before they bitxh again. Their Brexit votes has caused plenty of issues for BMW, and now they are complaining, shouldn’t they be thankful to still have a job.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

NEWSLETTER