AA Patrols In Strike Action Over Pensions

AA patrols have today voted in support of strike action in a row over pension caps. According to the AA’s union, The Independent Democratic Union, members have backed strike action by 57 per cent in a high turnout of 87 per cent of its 2,400 members.

The union national secretary Alistair Maclean said it was clear there was ‘widespread anger’ over plans to cap employee pensions, with the union urging the the AA to hold fresh talks, otherwise strike dates will be set.

Mr Maclean went on to add that AA staff were set to lose thousands of pounds following new changes to their pension pay-outs – a move that they found ‘completely unacceptable’.

If the walkout goes ahead it will be the first of its kind for the motoring organisation.

President of the AA, Edmund King, commented that talk of industrial action was ‘premature’ as consultations on the changes did not finish until April 23.

‘Most companies have closed defined benefit pension schemes but the AA is endeavouring to keep its scheme open but put a cap on pensionable earnings.

‘It would be easier and cheaper to close it down, so we think we are offering a good deal. We hope there will not be industrial action.’

The motoring group said it has drawn up contingency plans to make sure there was a good breakdown service if strikes went ahead.

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