BMW work­ers con­sider fi­nal pen­sions of­fer in in­dus­trial dis­pute

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BMW Hams Hall work­ers are con­sid­er­ing a fi­nal of­fer from the car maker in a long-run­ning dis­pute over pen­sions which could see staff shifted to new con­tracts if it is re­jected.

The Ger­man car gi­ant has put for­ward an­other re­shaped of­fer in a fi­nal bid to bring to an end the on­go­ing row with staff and mem­bers of the Unite trade union.

The dis­pute cen­tres on BMW’s plans to close its fi­nal-salary pen­sion scheme to fu­ture ac­crual, some­thing which Unite has claimed could cost some staff up to £160,000 in re­tire­ment in­come.

BMW has now said that one op­tion to make the pro­posed change would be to give no­tice to ter­mi­nate ex­ist­ing em­ploy­ment con­tracts and of­fer new ones in their place.

These con­tracts would be on the same terms but with­out any en­ti­tle­ment to fu­ture ben­e­fit ac­crual un­der the de­fined ben­e­fit pen­sion scheme. No jobs are at stake.

Unite has launched a new bal­lot of its mem­bers over this lat­est and fi­nal of­fer from BMW which runs un­til July 7 but it ad­mits this is “the best” that can be achieved.

The pen­sion changes af­fect staff at the Hams Hall plant in Coleshill, where en­gines are man­u­fac­tured, along with work­ers at sites in Swin­don, Mini in Ox­ford­shire and Roll­sRoyce in Good­wood, West Sus­sex.

Eight sep­a­rate days of in­dus­trial ac­tion were planned across the fac- tories and, although these com­menced in April, strike ac­tion was sus­pended a month later as Unite con­sid­ered a re­vised pen­sion of­fer from BMW.

How­ever, that of­fer was re­jected by Unite in June, prompt­ing BMW to bring for­ward a re­vised of­fer.

In a state­ment, the union said: “Fol­low­ing fur­ther meetings with BMW, a re­vised of­fer was put for­ward by the com­pany.

“Unite’s con­venors and se­nior offi- cial how­ever con­sider the re­vised of­fer to the best that can be achieved by ne­go­ti­a­tion.

“Mem­bers will have the op­por­tu­nity to con­sider the re­vised of­fer and have their say in a bal­lot.”

If union mem­bers re­ject BMW’s fi­nal of­fer, the man­u­fac­turer will con­tinue to plan for the clo­sure of the scheme to fu­ture ac­crual and im­ple­ment the de­fined con­tri­bu­tion scheme any­way, with the new con­tracts one of the means of do­ing so.

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