Eight one-day walkouts will start on 19 April.
British BMW Group workers will begin a series of 24-hour walkouts on 19 April in a dispute over pensions. Affected plans include BMW's Hams Hall engine factory (which makes the BMW i8 supercar motor, amongst others), the huge Mini Plant Oxford and the Rolls-Royce facility at Goodwood. A total of eight walkouts are planned between 19 April and 24 May; the Unite union will also begin an overtime ban and impose work to rule procedures.
A total of 3,500 British BMW workers will be involved in the industrial action, after 93 percent of voting BMW employees backed the strikes in a vote last week. It will be the first time BMW staff in the UK have walked out on strike.
The dispute, says the Union, is because of BMW's decision to close the final salary pension scheme by 31 May 2017. "BMW's refusal to talk about affordable options to keep the pension scheme open means a sizeable chunk of its UK workforce will be taking strike action for the first time in the coming weeks.
"Bosses in the UK and BMW's headquarters in Munich cannot feign surprise that it's come to this point. Unite has repeatedly warned of the anger their insistence to railroad through the pension scheme's closure would generate and the resulting industrial action."
BMW told us in a statement: "A number of planned meetings have taken place since the start of consultation on the proposed pension changes and the company is disappointed by Unite’s notification of industrial action. The company has put a number of options on the table to help employees transition to the proposed new pension arrangements and it remains open to negotiation.
"BMW Group has always prided itself in providing excellent pensions for its staff and wants to act now to protect future pension provision and to help improve the cost competitiveness of the UK as a manufacturing base."