AWE Berkshire Workers Strike November 14

Workers at the Atomic Weapons Establishment in Berkshire are to stage industrial action in a dispute over pensions.

A 24-hour strike will be held on November 14 followed by other forms of industrial action the following day.

The dispute centres on AWE's plan to replace the defined benefit pension scheme with a defined contribution alternative which unions say is worse.

Workers voted heavily in favour of industrial action in a ballot.

``Despite the ballot result, we had hoped that action might be avoided by the company bringing forward an improved offer,'' said Prospect union negotiator Richard Tabbner.

``Taking strike action is always a course of last resort for Prospect. Unfortunately the employer is not prepared to improve its current derisory offer, so we have been left with little choice but to go ahead with the actions mandated by our members.''

Both days of action will be co-ordinated with Unite members in AWE.

Mr Tabbner added: ``Safety is always our paramount concern and it is important to emphasise that we will meet with the employer to ensure that minimum safety levels are maintained.''

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