BMW workers at the home of the Mini in Cowley and the Hams Hall engine plant in the West Midlands will be protesting tomorrow (Wednesday 15 March) over the carmaker’s plans to close their final salary pension scheme.
Closure of the BMW occupational pension scheme could see some of the car firm’s UK workforce lose up to £160,000 in retirement income. Tomorrow’s protests come as voting for industrial action gets underway over BMW’s plans to close the pension scheme by 31 May 2017.
Brandishing placards accusing BMW bosses of ‘pension robbery’ the protests start at Cowley at 12:00 noon outside the main entrance on Eastern Bypass Road, Cowley OX4 6NL. Workers at Hams Hall will be protesting from 13:30outside the main entrance on Canton Lane, Coleshill B46 1GB.
The protests follow last week’s figures from the carmaker, showing a surge in BMW Group’s net profit of eight per cent to €6.9 billion, as well as record year for Mini sales and a six per cent rise in Roll-Royce sales.
The ballot involving workers at Cowley, Goodwood, Hams Hall and Swindon closes on Friday 31 March.
Commenting Unite national officer Tony Murphy said: “Workers will be protesting and encouraging their colleagues to back industrial action and send a clear message to BMW bosses that they will not tolerate the firm’s pension robbery.
“The UK workforce has contributed massively to BMW Group’s record sales and revenues and deserves better than BMW’s broken pension promises and pleas of poverty.
“We would urge BMW to recognise the vital role the world class UK workforce has played in the company’s success and work with Unite to find a solution which safeguards car workers’ pensions and works well for the business.”
For further information please contact Unite head of media and campaigns Alex Flynn on 020 3371 2066 or 07967 665869.
Notes to editors:
- Unite is Britain and Ireland’s largest trade union with over 1.4 million members working across all sectors of the economy. The general secretary is Len McCluskey.