A group of BMW workers from the UK will be handing in a petition and protesting outside the carmaker’s Munich headquarters in Germany tomorrow (Wednesday 29 March), demanding that BMW Group bosses stop their ‘pension robbery’.
The Unite members, who make engines as well as the iconic Mini and Rolls-Royce motorcars at Cowley, Goodwood, Hams Hall and Swindon, are heading over to the Bavarian capital as part of their battle against BMW’s plans to close their final salary pension scheme.
Brandishing placards and banners the workers will be protesting and handing in the petition at BMW’s Munich headquarters to senior executives Hubert Schurkus and Erich Thanner from 09:30 (CEST) or 08:30 (BST).
Tomorrow’s protest comes just days before a strike ballot closes on Friday (31 March) over the planned closure of the BMW occupational pension scheme, which could see some UK workers lose up to £160,000 in retirement income.
Commenting Unite national officer Tony Murphy said: “BMW bosses in Munich need to wake up to the anger their plans to close the occupational pension scheme has generated among loyal UK workers.
“Industrial action is a very real possibility by a workforce which has contributed significantly to the BMW Group’s record breaking profits and sales.
“UK workers feel as though they are being taken for a ride. BMW bosses say, on the one hand, they want to negotiate seriously, but on the other, refuse to talk about affordable options which would keep the scheme open.
“We urge BMW to stop its pension robbery which could see UK workers lose tens of thousands of pounds in retirement income and negotiate a settlement which is good for the business and good for the workforce.”
BMW’s plan to close the pension scheme comes as figures earlier in the month, 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.
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.