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BMW workers suspend strike action after pension offer

Members of the Unite trade union are now considering the revised offer from the luxury car manufacturer following a series of walkouts

BMW workers stage industrial action outside the Hams Hall plant in Coleshill
BMW workers strike outside the Hams Hall plant last month

Planned strike action at BMW's Hams Hall plant near Birmingham has been suspended.

Trade union Unite said it was halting further industrial action at the carmaker while its members considered an offer from the company in a dispute over the closure of the final salary pension scheme.

One-day strikes had been scheduled for May 18 and 24 at Hams Hall alongside planned action at its sister sites in Oxfordshire, Goodwood in West Sussex and Swindon.

Members are now being balloted on the offer.

The Hams Hall plant is used to manufacture small, low-emission and efficient engines and also three major engine components.

Unite national officer for BMW Fred Hanna said: "The planned strike action will be suspended while members consider BMW's offer over the coming days.

"While Unite is not recommending the offer, as it will have different outcomes for different people and their pensions, members should be proud that by standing together they have forced BMW into making this offer.

"Without the action that Unite members have taken and the resolve they have shown in recent weeks, BMW would not have made this latest offer, which Unite believes members should have an opportunity to consider."

It is expected that the ballot on the offer will run from 24 May to 9 June.

In the meantime, non-cooperation with flexible working arrangements will remain in place until the outcome of the ballot, Unite says.

BMW said in a statement "The company has received notification from Unite that the strike action has been suspended.

"This follows further negotiations today at which the company tabled a final offer in relation to proposed changes to its UK pension arrangements.

"The company is keeping all staff fully informed and we await further feedback from Unite following its ballot. We believe the offer to be fair and in the long-term interests of both the company and all our employees."

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