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Unite warns BMW of strike potential

Unite has warned BMW it could face a strike ballot.

13 April 2012

BMW may wish to engage in union bargaining, as Unite has warned it faces a strike ballot affecting its Oxford Mini plant.

Workers at this facility rejected a basic pay rise of an extra 1.79 per cent for an additional 30.1 hours of work annually.

However, the car manufacturer is making this aspect of the deal compulsory, rather than enabling its employees to choose whether or not to sell the hours, which would have formed an element of their rest period.

A consultative ballot of nearly 2,000 staff members revealed 97 per cent oppose the 'strings attached' pay deal.

"The union never closed the door on talks and we are happy to get back around the table but we are also making preparations to ballot our members for strike action," Unite national officer Roger Maddison declared.

During March 2012, the BMW group sold a record-breaking number of vehicles, with a total of 165,846 units offloaded, outstripping previous sales highs.

Posted by David Gleck

Source: Unite press release, April 11th

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