WORKERS AT Rhodia chemical factories in Widnes, Cheshire and Oldbury went out on strike again to defend their pensions last week. The company wants to close the final salary pension scheme to new workers. But the 600-strong workforce is determined to stop the erosion of their pension rights.
An Oldbury striker said, 'If they close the scheme to new entrants, it will come to a point where they pull the plug on the whole thing.' The rolling programme of strike action began last month. The Amicus and GMB unions that represent Rhodia workers say the action is about defending the right of workers to a living wage in retirement. Talks at the ACAS conciliation service broke down last week. More strikes are planned for 5 September.