Pilkington: unions warn of action due to pension scheme changes

  Personnel & industrial relations

A major trade union in the UK has warned Pilkington that 9 out of 10 staff … “are furious” … and … “want a strike ballot” …, due to changes to their company pension.

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Pilkington staff are prepared to strike over changes to their company pension
UK trade union leaders have informed St Helens glassmaker Pilkington that staff are prepared to strike over changes to their company pension.
Unite the Union, Britain's biggest union with 1.5 million members in every type of workplace, claims that Pilkington, owned by Japanese Nippon Sheet Glass, wants to freeze pensionable pay at workers’ salary level as of 30 April 2013, which, it claims, would erode the past and future benefits of all members of the scheme, regardless of age or length of service.
Unite also says the pensionable salary will be fixed, so any increase in pay resulting from annual reviews or promotion will not be pensionable after April.
The company has also sent letters to all staff to warn them that if they don't agree to the change it will freeze their pay anyway by refusing to give them any kind of pay increase in the future.
Unite claims some managers have told staff that if they do not agree to the changes they could be dismissed and re-engaged.
National officer Linda McCulloch said: “The owner of Pilkington Glass is attempting to bully and intimidate staff out of their hard earned pensions. The company has refused to negotiate or explore alternatives to freezing its workers’ pensionable pay.
“Staff are furious, nine in 10 of them want a strike ballot, plus the union is taking advice from its lawyers on the legality of the company’s proposals.”
“Unite will fight the company’s bullying behaviour until managers get around the table and negotiate a sen...






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