Berkshire

Nuclear weapons workers vote to strike over pensions

AWE Aldermaston Image copyright Google
Image caption Aldermaston is responsible for making Britain's Trident nuclear warheads and stores nuclear waste from Royal Navy submarines

Staff working at a nuclear weapons factory in Berkshire have voted to strike over changes to their pensions.

Atomic Weapons Establishment (AWE) is contracted by the government to provide and maintain nuclear warheads.

The Prospect union said members "cared deeply" about national security and did not want to take action "that could impact on the UK's continuous sea deterrent".

AWE said procedures were in place to ensure the safety of its operations.

Union bosses said strike action had been taken after months of consultation and discussions over the new scheme.

The Prospect union said 87% of members who took part in the ballot voted in favour of strike action..

Turnout was 68%.

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