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Action over pensions at Goodrich Actuation Systems

Issue No. 2085

Workers at aerospace company Goodrich Actuation Systems are set to strike on Monday of next week over the closure of the firm’s final salary pension scheme to new workers.

The workers, in the Unite union, are based at plants in Liverpool, Wolverhampton, Birmingham and Hemel Hempstead.

Some 66 percent voted to take strike action.

Staff are furious that the company, which currently has a $7 billion order book, closed the final salary pension scheme to new entrants last December.

Goodrich has also made changes to existing members’ scheme, including raising the contribution rates.

Unite regional officer Andy Taylor said, “This is outrageous behaviour from a company which has a well-funded pension scheme and a healthy order book. Our members will not accept the company’s decision to close the final salary pension scheme to new entrants.”

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Tue 22 Jan 2008, 19:02 GMT
Issue No. 2085
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