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BMW workers vote to strike over pension dispute

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BMW workers have voted overwhelmingly in favour of strike action in a dispute over pensions, the Unite union has announced.

Members of the union backed walkouts by 93%, with 97% supporting alternative forms of industrial action.

Unite said that closure of the BMW occupational pension scheme by the end of May could see some workers lose up to £160,000 in retirement income.

Unite general secretary Len McCluskey said: "BMW needs to reflect on this extraordinary vote in favour of industrial action and the real possibility that its UK workforce will strike for the first time under its ownership in the coming weeks.

"It won't be a step which will be taken lightly, but the vote in favour of action shows a determination by workers who have contributed massively to BMW's record revenues to stand up for their pensions."

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Junior doctor strikes to go ahead next week

A strike of junior doctors will go ahead next week after talks with the government failed to resolve a dispute over pay and contracts, a group overseeing the talks has said.

The BMA had announced planned strike dates earlier this week Credit: PA

Talks between the British Medical Association (BMA) and NHS Employers were "constructive" but did not reach a deal that would have prevented planned strike action, the Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service (Acas) said.

It means that three walkouts are set to take place starting from next week, potentially causing major disruption to the health service and forcing the cancellation of thousands of operations.

Junior doctors are provide emergency care only over a 48 hour period from 8am Tuesday to 8am on Thursday.

It will be followed by a further strike excluding emergency care from 26 to 28 January, and a full walkout from 8am to 5pm on 10 February.

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