Workers at United Utilities in the North West have gone on strike in a long-running dispute over pensions. The 27-hour walk-out began at 5 a.m. on Friday.
The GMB union will be mounting picket lines at 18 water and waste treatment plants during the stoppage.
The union says a majority of members voted in a consultative ballot to reject the company’s plan for all staff to move from a defined benefit final salary pension to a defined contribution pension scheme from April 2016.
United Utilities says it has been consulting with four unions over a proposal to close the defined benefit pension scheme affecting some employees. The company says that proposal has been taken off the table while an assessment is made of the cost of keeping the scheme going, and it will continue to try to resolve differences by talking.