Unite, Britain's biggest union, has warned the owners of Pilkington Glass that its staff are ready to take strike action over attempts to bully and intimidate them out of their hard earned pensions.
The company is preparing to freeze pensionable pay at the workers' salary level as of 30 April 2013, which would erode the past and future benefits of all members of the scheme regardless of age or length of service. The pensionable salary will be fixed, so any increase in pay resulting from annual reviews or promotion will not be pensionable after April.The company have also written to all staff to warn them that if they don't agree to the change then they will freeze their pay anyway by refusing to give them any kind pay increase in the future.
To make matters worse certain managers have been saying to frightened employees that if they do not sign then they could be dismissed and re engaged. The company have even refused to provide independent financial advice to members seeking to understand the company's proposals.
Unite national officer Linda McCulloch said:
"The owner of Pilkington Glass is attempting to bully and intimidate staff out of their hard earned pensions. The company has refused to negotiate or explore alternatives to freezing it's workers' pensionable pay.
"Staff are furious, nine in ten of them want a strike ballot and the union is taking advice from its lawyers on the legality of the company's proposals. Unite is going to fight the company's bullying behaviour until managers get around the table and negotiate a sensible and fair solution."
Pilkington Glass employs 1,500 staff across the UK with its head office based in St Helens. The company is owned by NSG (Nippon Sheet Glass) based in Japan.
Contact: Ciaran Naidoo on 07768 931 315
Notes to editors:
- Unite is Britain and Ireland’s largest trade union with 1.5 million members working across all sectors of the economy. The general secretary is Len McCluskey.