Andrew Smith MP

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Andrew Smith MP has welcomed an agreement between BMW and Unite the Union.

This deal will put 1,000 agency workers across the UK on permanent contracts - with the lion's share of these jobs in Cowley. It also means that workers will have guaranteed job security beyond 2020 and they will join the company's car scheme, get paid holidays, sick pay and will be eligible to join the company pension scheme.

Andrew said: "This welcome BMW announcement is great news for Cowley and the whole community, and a credit to the Unite union who have been pressing for many more agency workers to be given permanent contracts. It will be great this Christmas for many long-standing agency workers to know they now have the prospect of a permanent contract."

Unite and BMW have been in talks over the scheme for a number of months but talks gathered pace just prior to the launch of the new Mini Hatch on 18 November which followed a £750 million investment by the company.

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