UK staff at BMW have voted overwhelmingly to go on strike in a dispute over pensions, the Unite union has introduced.
BMW staff making engines and the Mini and Rolls-Royce motorcars plan to strike over plans to shut their last wage pension scheme.
The union says the proposal might see some UK staff lose as much as £one hundred sixty,000 in retirement revenue.
BMW stated it was “disenchanted” however remained “open to negotiations”.
The motion includes as much as three,500 staff at crops in Oxfordshire, Chichester, Birmingham and Swindon.
The agency builds over 200,000 Minis a yr at its plant in Cowley, Oxford, almost four,000 luxurious Rolls-Royce fashions at Goodwood in West Sussex and about 200,000 engines at Hams Corridor close to Birmingham.
Unite common secretary Len McCluskey stated: “BMW must mirror on this extraordinary vote in favour of commercial motion and the actual risk that its UK workforce will strike for the primary time beneath its possession within the coming weeks.
“We might urge BMW to cease pinching pensions and negotiate a settlement which is sweet for the enterprise and good for the workforce.”
The agency needs to shut two ultimate wage pension schemes from June and transfer employees to a different scheme which new starters have been a part of since 2014.
A BMW spokesperson stated: “BMW Group has all the time prided itself in offering wonderful pensions for its employees and needs to behave now to guard future pension provision for its UK workforce.”
The strike was backed by ninety three% of BMW staff within the Unite union who voted within the poll.
Union officers will meet within the coming days to debate strike dates.
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