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Steel staff in massive strike vote.

WORKERS at Tata Steel have voted by almost 9-1 to go on strike in a row over pensions, threatening the first national walkout in the industry for more than 30 years.

Members of the Community union backed strikes by 88% and other forms of action by 96% in a turnout of 76% - all well above new thresholds for union ballots being planned by the Government.

Unions are protesting against plans to close the British Steel Pension Scheme to future accrual, which they say could see workers retiring at 65 instead of 60.

The company - which has plants on Teesside - has warned that its pension scheme is heading for a shortfall of PS2bn.

Members of Community's executive will meet on Monday to discuss the next move.

The company had urged staff not to strike.

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Title Annotation:Business
Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Date:May 30, 2015
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