AWE workers argue that promises made about their pensions have been broken
Members of Unite will mount picket lines at AWE's two sites at Aldermaston and Burghfield in Berkshire today and tomorrow, following a previous stoppage earlier this month.
The union claims “iron-clad promises” made in the early 1990s by the then-Tory government to AWE workers regarding the future of their pensions once they transferred to the private sector have been broken.
Unite regional officer Bob Middleton said: “Confidence is high that we can win this dispute and see justice done.
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The workers claim that the promises made were broken once they were moved to the private sector
“We need to maintain the pressure on the Ministry of Defence, so our members are given the opportunity to rejoin the MoD's principal civil service pension scheme.
“Once again, we call upon Defence Secretary Michael Fallon to honour those pension pledges made 25 years ago.”
The union said workers felt "deeply betrayed" earlier this month as promises made a quarter of a century ago guaranteeing their pensions, when they were transferred from the Ministry of Defence to the private sector, have been broken.
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