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Corus workers will ballot over pension attack

Issue No. 2170

Thousands of workers at Corus are to be balloted on industrial action over the steel group’s plans to close its final salary pension scheme to new entrants.

Stewards from the Community, Unite and GMB unions unanimously voted at a meeting in London last week to oppose the proposed changes.

The action comes after announcements by Corus that it plans to cut more than 4,500 jobs at its UK plants, including those in Scunthorpe, Teesside, Rotherham and Port Talbot.

Mick Fell, chair of the Scunthorpe union committee, which represents 3,500 workers at the Scunthorpe site, said, “We believe in the force of argument and not the argument of force. But the latter is now a distinct possibility unless the company changes it stance.”

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Tue 22 Sep 2009, 18:28 BST
Issue No. 2170
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