According to the GMB union, which represents JCB factory workers, 1,200 employees are affected by the closure of their Lifeplan pension scheme. It could cost them tens of thousands of pounds, the union says.

GMB said that it will meet with members in the coming days to finalise the dates of the strike.

Regional organiser Stuart Harrison said: “Our members are furious at the axing of their pension scheme and have voted overwhelmingly for industrial action. GMB stands firm behind workers struggling for a comfortable retirement after a lifetime of service.

“We will continue to discuss a possible resolution with the firm over the coming weeks, and hope JCB have the good sense to protect their loyal staff.”

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