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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
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Gurkha's in Kent forced to accept defeat - over pension battle

They have the reputation of being the most determined, fierce fighters. But today former Gurkha soldiers based in Kent and Sussex have been forced to accept defeat - over their pension rights.

The European Court of Human Rights has ruled that the Government acted within its rights by denying Gurkhas who served before 1997 a full British Army pension.

As Sarah Saunders now reports, the decision has been greeted with dismay by campaigners who believe Gurkhas who have loyally fought for British queen and country have been badly betrayed.

She spoke to former Gurkha Bhimraj Tumbahangphe, Gurkha rights campaigner Peter Carroll and South East MEP Anneliese Dodds.

Women across the south join national march over pensions

A group of women from Basingstoke are to join thousands marching in London today.

"Women Against State Pension Inequality" was set up to campaign against changes to pensions.

Many say they face financial hardship due to not receiving a state pension until they're sixty five.

The 'Women Against State Pension Inequality' website Credit: ITV Meridian

"I had already planned to retire and I only got two years' notice of the change. They say you can get job seeker's allowance and get a full time job but that's not easy at our age.

"A lot of people in our age group were carers and they only did part time jobs and aren't fit enough to do a caring job until they are 66."

– Anne Todd, from Sherborne St John

Doctors plan first strike in 40 years

Non-urgent operations could be cancelled and outpatient appointments are likely to be postponed when doctors go on strike next month.

It's the first time they've taken action in almost forty years.

The British Medical Association balloted more than 100 thousand members over strike action. 79 per cent of GPs voted in favour of it. As did 84 per cent of hospital consultants - and 92 per cent of junior doctors.

The strike is due on June the 21st. But, some warn that just one day can lead to a tremendous backlog of cases. Here's Kate Bunkall.


Doctors strike in the South - what it means for you?

The British Medical Association has announced that their members will take strike action in June in a row over pensions.

More than 100 thousand doctors were balloted, with 79 per cent of GPs who responded voted in favour of walking out.

As did 84 per cent of hospital consultants and 92 per cent of junior doctors.

Services likely to be effected in the south include;

  • Knee and Hip operations could be postponed.

  • Routine appointments at GP practices could be cancelled as Doctors work to rule.

  • Appointments in hospitals for routine conditions could be cancelled.