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BMW workers reject offer to end dispute over pensions

Workers have rejected an offer to resolve a dispute over pensions Credit: PA

Workers at car giant BMW have voted to reject an offer aimed at resolving a long-running dispute over pensions.

Members of the Unite union based at plants in Cowley, Goodwood near Chichester, Hams Hall in the West Midlands and Swindon, turned down an offer by 56.6%.

Unite shop stewards from BMW plants will be meeting on Tuesday to discuss the next steps in the dispute over the company's plans to close the final salary scheme.

Workers have staged four walkouts, hitting engine, Mini and Rolls-Royce car production.

Unite national officer Fred Hanna said:

While Unite did not recommend the offer, as it would have different outcomes for different people and their pensions, it is clear that it did not go far enough or deal with the concerns many of our members have over BMW's pension plans.

We would urge BMW bosses to reflect on the result and listen to the workforce by further engaging in meaningful talks with Unite.

– Fred Hanna, Unite

Three 24-hour strikes scheduled in May were suspended while workers considered the offer, which would see the closure of the final salary pension scheme and workers moved into a defined contribution scheme.