Unite members working in Tata Steel UK’s research and development department have voted to take strike action after being transferred to an arm’s-length organisation. The union fears the may lost thousands of pounds in pay and pensions if they end of w …
The union fears the may lost thousands of pounds in pay and pensions if they end of working for the Middlesbrough-based Materials Processing Institute, rather than Tata.
Unite national officer Paul Reuter called on Tata Steel to return to the negotiating table before the employees name the date for industrial action.
He said: “Our members have a strong wish to remain employed by Tata Steel UK and not be employed by Materials Processing Institute, an arm’s length organisation.
“The basis for this is that our members feel that their terms and conditions will be best protected by maintaining the identity of their current employer.”
He predicted that the R&D staff could lose “thousands of pounds” a year in pay and future pension pay-outs, if the transfer was allowed to happen.
He also said that the dispute could spread across Tata’s UK sites as the Middlesbrough members attract support from steel workers showing solidarity.
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