United Kingdom -Steelworkers back national strike -June 01, 2015

Unions are protesting over changes to the British Steel Pension Scheme which would increase the retirement age to 65.

Steel workers have voted almost 9-1 to strike in a row over pensions, threatening the first national walkout for more than 30 years. Members of the trade unions Community, GMB, UCATT and Unite at Tata Steel backed strike action – with percentages well above planned new Government thresholds. Unions are protesting over changes to the British Steel Pension Scheme which they claim could see workers retiring at 65 instead of 60. The company and the trade unions have had a number of meetings to discuss the preliminary actuarial valuation of the British Steel Pension Scheme as at 31 March 2014, but were unable to come to an agreement.

English: http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/steel-workers-back-first-national …    

For more information, please contact the editor Jan Cremers, Amsterdam Institute for Advanced Labour Studies (AIAS) cbn-aias@uva.nl or the communications officer at the ETUI, Mariya Nikolova mnikolova@etui.org. For previous issues of the Collective bargaining newsletter please visit http://www.etui.org/E-Newsletters/Collective-bargaining-newsletter. You may find further information on the ETUI at www.etui.org, and on the AIAS at www.uva-aias.net.


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