Union accuses company of negotiation with a gun at workers’ head after plans to strip rights from employees

Tim Lezard

Balfour BeattyThe RMT is to launch a campaign to defend pensions at Balfour Beatty after the company tried to introduce changes that would remove rights from 2,500 workers while increasing payouts to top bosses.

The union also accused the company of attempting to negotiate with a gun at workers’ heads by threatening to sack them if they opposed the changes.

RMT general secretary Bob Crow said: “This cash-led attack on pension rights at Balfour Beatty is yet another example of companies pulling the rug from under decent pensions in favour of inferior schemes that cost the company less and offer no guarantees on future rights.

“Balfour Beatty are attempting to bulldoze these proposals through, with a gun at our members heads, with the minimum of notice and RMT will be looking to build a joint campaign with other unions who organise at the company to defend decent pension rights.

“This is a highly profitable company showing massive increases in profits and returns to shareholders as the boardroom is awash with cash and you can bet the wages, pensions and benefits at the top are still on the rise as the workforce is lined up for a pensions kicking.”

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Tim Lezard

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