Beefeaters among those to strike over pensions in the new year.
They will join other GMB members working for the Historic Royal Palaces (HRP) in taking action on January 8. Support for the action is solid with 91% voting for action on a 88% turn-out. The Public and Commercial Services (PCS) union also balloted its members on industrial action, which resulted in a 90 per cent vote in favour on a 72 per cent turnout. PCS members are taking strike action over the pension issue on Friday.
HRP has decided to close employees’ final salary pensions despite promises made to them at the time of privatisation. Final salary pensions will be replaced by an inferior pension.
GMB regional organise Michael Ainsley said: “HRP are jumping on a bandwagon which is seeing employers engaging in a race to the bottom, ending good final salary schemes and replacing them with risky cheaper defined contribution schemes.
“All the while the UK government stands idly by at a time when they’re telling the population to save for their retirement and our elderly can’t afford to pay for social care.
“GMB members still at this late stage are willing to talk to HRP but the silence from HRP is deafening.”
Mark Serwotka, general secretary of PCS, said: "The unwarranted attack on our members’ pensions has forced them to vote for strike action.
"Our members are not paid a king’s ransom and the pension is one of the things that encourages people to stay in the job and deliver a first-class service to the public.
"People who treasure these historic buildings in London should be left in no doubt that any disruption caused due to strike action will be solely down to HRP’s intransigence in not paying our members a decent pension."