Mini manufacturing threatened by proposed strike at Plant Oxford

Mini manufacturing threatened by proposed strike at Plant Oxford


Mini manufacturing might be dealt an extra blow after staff at its Oxford manufacturing plant voted to strike over an “insufficient pay supply”.

Unite the Union has rejected claims made by Rudolph and Hellman Automotive Restricted, which employs the 150 warehouse staff set to take the motion, that the pay supply would see the staff obtain a ten% pay improve.

The employees are actually set to strike on April 26 and 28, adopted by additional strike motion on Might 4, 6, 10, 12, 17 and 19.

Unite has claimed {that a} 4% rise imposed with out session in 2021, adopted by a 6% rise this 12 months, fell “beneath the actual price of inflation, which stands at 8.2% and rising”.

Unite normal secretary Sharon Graham mentioned: “Our Rudolph and Hellman members will likely be receiving Unite’s full backing throughout these strikes, which is able to gradual the BMW manufacturing line down or cease it utterly.

“Unite is not going to settle for a scenario whereby BMW’s earnings are being made off the backs of low-wage staff within the provide chain.

“Rudolph and Hellman – and BMW – want to start out taking account of our members’ rocketing residing prices and put ahead a proposal they’ll settle for.”

Any disruption to manufacturing at Mini’s Cowley manufacturing facility can be an extra blow to the OEM after operations on the plant have been suspended for an extra week as a consequence of a world scarcity of pc chips in February.

A Rudolph and Hellman spokesperson advised the BBC that it supposed to “proceed with our discussions relating to pay and different phrases and circumstances with Unite the Union”.


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December 2022