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BWW workers to hold protest in dispute over pensions

BMW workers from the Cowley plant in Oxfordshire and the Swindon plant are joining other workers to stage a protest outside one of the car maker's prestige showrooms as part of a dispute over pensions.

Members of the Unite union will demonstrate at the site in London's Park Lane today ahead of a fresh wave of strikes in protest at the closure of their final salary pension scheme.

Workers have staged two days of walkouts and will take six more days of industrial action in the coming weeks.

Workers are holding a protest in a dispute over pensions Credit: ITV Meridian

"Our members take great pride in building the vehicles on display in BMW's flagship showroom on Park Lane. It is because of their hard work and efficiency that BMW and its shareholders can enjoy bumper profits and record sales.

"Yet their reward from BMW bosses is the closure of their pension scheme and the potential loss of up to £160,000 in retirement income. We will be highlighting this 'pension robbery' and the refusal of BMW to talk about affordable options to keep the scheme open when we protest outside the car maker's posh Park Lane showroom.

"We urge BMW's bosses to listen to its world-class workforce, drop its deadline for the pension scheme's closure and negotiate a settlement which is good for the business and the workforce."

– Unite national officer Fred Hanna