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Concern over pension scheme closure

31 December 2007 / by None
Employees of BAA have decided to strike in the new year because of anger at the closure of their final salary pensions scheme, a union representative says.

Speaking to the BBC Radio 4's World at One programme, Paul Smith of the Public and Commercial Services Union said that employees felt they should have been consulted on the closure.

His comments suggested that BAA staff were also worried that their own schemes may be closed too.

Members of the Unite and PCS unions will walk out for 24 hours on January 7th and two additional 48 hour strikes are planned for later in the month.

"We are asking them to reverse that decision that they took earlier in the year, to engage with the unions … and talk about the pension scheme," said Mr Smith.

He added that the unions were aware of the issues surrounding pension schemes and would not push for the scheme to be preserved to the detriment of the business.

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