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Unite the Union

August 31, 2007 10:22 ET

Strike back on at Westland

YEOVIL, UNITED KINGDOM--(Marketwire - Aug. 31, 2007) - Unite the union members working at Westland Helicopters and Westland Transmissions Ltd in Yeovil will take part in a planned 24 hour stoppage from 6am on Monday 3rd September.

Unite is in dispute with Westland's over the company's plans to close the final salary scheme to new members and change the way pensionable pay is calculated for its 1,700 technical, clerical and shop floor workers.

A planned 24 hour stoppage on 29th August was suspended to enable national level talks and a second round of talks have been planed for next week. However, the strike on Monday will still take place from 6am. In addition the continuous overtime ban remains in place along with the planned stoppages on the 11th and 27th September 2007.

Unite Regional Officer, Colin Rose, said: "The talks this week were constructive, some progress has been made and a further meeting has been planned for next week. However, we have been in talks with the company on the pension situation since 2006 and Westland's had proved unmoveable on the two fundamental issues for our members.

"Our member's are happy to make greater contributions to the scheme but we cannot accept a proposal to backdate the pensionable pay arrangements or to prevent new members from joining the scheme. If implemented, these changes would have the combined effect of reducing the value of contributions already made and creating a two-tier workforce at Westland's.

"Strike action is an absolute last resort but we need to make clear to the company that our member's are determined to protect these two fundamental principles."

Contact Information

  • Colin Rose
    07702 477525
    Unite Press Office
    Ashraf Choudhury
    020 7420 8914 or 07980 224761