United Kingdom -Tata steel workers ballot over pension dispute -April 16, 2015

Major Trade unions will commence an official ballot on 6 May for industrial action over Tata Steel's proposal to close the British Steel Pension Scheme (BSPS).

Trade unions GMB, Community, Unite and UCATT will give an official notice that they will commence an official ballot on 6 May for industrial action over Tata Steel's proposal to close the British Steel Pension Scheme (BSPS). Tata Steel Europe management has not taken up the offer to re-enter discussions about the pension scheme. The unions are continuing to take legal advice and making preparations to ensure that the ballot meets all legal requirements and cannot be challenged by Tata. As of December 2014, the British Steel Pension Scheme had 143,000 members, with 17,004 making up employee members and 91,264 making up pensioner members. As of November 2014, the assets of the scheme were valued at around £13.6 billion and continue to increase.

English: http://www.theguardian.com/business/2015/apr/16/uk-unions-threaten-joint-strike …  

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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