UK - Cleaners at three Welsh colleges are threatening to strike after learning that their pension benefits could be lost following a change of employer.
The workers at the Mid Wales colleges of Coleg Powys in Newtown, Llandrendod Wells and Brecon, have been told their local authority pension benefits will not be retained when their contracts are transferred from Powys County Council to Office Cleaning Services from September.
The GMB union, which represents the cleaners, is now threatening a walkout if members lose their pensions.
The union wants the council to set up an admitted body status allowing the workers to rejoin the scheme.
GMB regional organiser Jeff Burns said: “When the college put the contracts out to tender it made no provision for pension arrangements and OCS put forward its bid without including pension costs.”
A Powys Council spokesman said: “The staff will be transferred to the new contracts but for some reason the colleges are not protecting their pension savings.
“The council has been made aware of the situation but is not directly involved.”
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