UK unions for strike against Tata Steel on June 22
Tata Steel, which employs 17,000 people in the UK across four sites, termed the unions’ decision as “very disappointing” and promised to lessen the impact of the changes, which include employees retiring at 65 instead of 60.
The “strike action” will be preceded by the employees refraining from <g data-gr-id="22">over-time</g> and observing work-to-rule next week in the escalating dispute.
“Steel unions have agreed Monday June 22 as the date for strike action at Tata Steel in their ongoing pensions dispute,” said Community union, which has the largest number of members who are employed at Tata Steel. Roy <g data-gr-id="30">Rickhuss</g>, <g data-gr-id="27">general</g> secretary of Community, said Tata had given workers “no option” but to take industrial action. “The company has not shown any willingness to return to meaningful negotiations to find an end to this dispute. The company could avoid this by returning to the table,” he said.
However, the UK’s largest union Unite said it is still open to talks if Tatas are ready for meaningful discussions. Tata employs over 17,000 workers across four sites in Wales in Port Talbot, Newport, Flintshire and Carmarthenshire, as well as sites around England including Corby, Hartlepool, Rotherham, Scunthorpe, Teesside and York.
A Tata Steel spokesman said: “We have been trying to develop an affordable and sustainable pension scheme for employees so we are very disappointed by today’s announcement on strike and industrial action. “Everyone agrees that changes need to be made to resolve the challenges facing our pension scheme, which has a projected shortfall of over 2 billion pounds.”