Staff at Corby-based Tata to strike over pension row

The Tata site in Corby
The Tata site in Corby

Workers are set to go on strike following a dispute over pensions.

GMB and the other steel unions have said members will be going on strike at Tata Steel, which includes its Corby site, on Monday, June 22, in the ongoing dispute over pensions.

Our members are determined to stand up for their pensions

Roy Rickhuss

It will be preceded by action short of strike action involving an overtime ban and a work to rule.

The action short of strike action will begin as soon as legally practical around the middle of next week.

Unions must give seven days’ notice of any industrial action.

Dave Hulse, GMB national officer, said: “It’s time Tata got back round the table and looked for a way to resolve this dispute.

“Our members are ready for industrial action and the company should heed the message that their workforce is delivering.”

Roy Rickhuss, chairman of the National Trade Union Steel Co-ordinating Committee, and general secretary of the Community trade union, said: “Tata have given us no option but take industrial action.

“The company has not shown any willingness to return to meaningful negotiations to find an end to this dispute.

“Our members are determined to stand up for their pensions.

“They delivered a massive vote in favour of industrial action, so that is what will happen.

“An overtime ban and work-to-rule will cause massive disruption to Tata’s operations and severely limit production.

“The company could avoid this by returning to the table.

“But in the meantime all the unions will also be making preparations for a national day of strike action on 22 June.”

Paul Reuter, national officer at Unite said: “We are still open to talks if Tata are prepared for meaningful discussions.

“We have offered Tata the savings it says it needs.

“But the company wants to close the scheme altogether.

“This is not acceptable to workers, which is why industrial action will start next week.”

Nick Blundell, regional secretary for UCATT, said: “Tata should listen to its workforce and recognise that to resolve this dispute it needs to get back round the table with the unions for meaningful discussions.

“Industrial action is a last resort for any union but Tata has given us no choice.”