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CarsUsed Car DealsNew Car DealsVideo ReviewsSell Your CarCar ReviewsSend us your newsHave you got a local story, picture or video you would like to send to us? Send it to us now for a chance to get published.”Up until like week the company was refusing to look at options to keep the scheme open. Our agenda is to keep it open and it finally conceded last week.”Mr Travers, who works in the Body In White shop, said he was happy with how the industrial action had been carried out, adding that no worker wanted the situation to come to this.He added: “All we want is the company to look at the options to keep it open, not buy people off cheaply.”When I retire it will have a big effect, I would be a lot worse off.”Last week union bosses revealed they rejected an ‘insulting’ offer from BMW made in a bid to prevent further walkouts at the plant.Unite said company representatives at the German car manufacturer had made a ‘crude attempt’ to ‘buy’ their retirements on the cheap, as discussions between reps and plant chief continue.The firm wants to close the scheme, which union bosses claim workers will face a loss in ‘excess of 160,000 in retirement income’.The 24 hour stoppages, which have spanned over five weeks, have been hitting BMW sites in Cowley, Hams Hall and Swindon, as well as the Rolls Royce factory at Goodwood.The industrial action of which 93 per cent of Unite members backed is the first of its kind against BMW in the UK.The Mini production line operates from Monday to Friday with Saturdays and Sundays used as days for other work, such as maintenance to take place.The strikes were balloted after workers have expressed alarm over plans to scrap its current pension scheme, after several meetings between Unite and BMW saw no agreement reached.In a statement BMW said: “We have been in close discussion with Unite for a number of months over the proposed pensions changes.”We will be making a further and final offer in the next few days that we believe to be fair and in the long term interests of both the company and all our employees. We are acting now to protect the competitiveness of our UK operations and to make sure our pension arrangements are sustainable for the future.”They said the scheme they are proposing staff join, with contributions of up to 16 per cent, already has more than 2,000 employees.And less troublesome unions? it’s exactly what Royal Mail did when they shut oxford and moved to swindon.

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