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AWE staff strike over pensions dispute

Employees at Aldermaston and Burghfield sites stage protest

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AWE staff strike over pensions dispute

EMPLOYEES at the Atomic Weapons Establishment (AWE) in Aldermaston and Burghfield have walked out in a row over pensions.

The dispute centres on AWE's plan to replace the defined benefit pension scheme with a defined contribution alternative which unions say is worse.

Union bosses said the decision to strike had been taken after months of consultation and discussions over the planned introduction of a new pension scheme.

The unions had previously encouraged management to hold urgent talks on the issue in a bid to avoid the strike.

AWE is contracted by the Government to provide and maintain nuclear warheads and it is owned by the Ministry of Defence.

An AWE spokesperson previously said:“Should strike action be undertaken, we can reassure the public that the company has in place procedures to ensure that the safety of our operations can be maintained at all times and we will continue to meet our regulatory requirements.”

For more, see this week's Newbury Weekly News, out on Thursday.

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