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Pharma workers may vote to strike


Workers at a drugs giant may soon strike to defend against a bosses “onslaught” on their pensions.

The GMB union said 600 staff at the AstraZeneca site in Macclesfield are being balloted for action to stop the company from cutting their long-standing pension agreement.

The union said AstraZeneca should reconsider its plan.

GMB official Allan Black said: “I very much regret that we have been forced to this course of action by AstraZeneca’s onslaught on our members’ pensions. Every constructive alternative we have put forward has been ignored.

“This is particularly disappointing in the light of the huge sacrifices recently made by our members to ensure the profitability of the company and its shareholders. We want no more than fair treatment for our members who actually generate these profits.”

The strike vote process will begin next Monday and will close on August 16.

Copyright Press Association 2010

GMB union

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