In my case of a similar problem, instead of using Andrew's suggestion for the fix, 
it worked simply after I introduced <pluginManagement> tag to the pom.xml in question. 
Looks like that error is due to a missing <pluginManagement> tag. 
So, in order to avoid the exceptions in Eclipse, 
one needs to simply enclose all the plugin tags inside a <pluginManagement> tag, like so:
            <plugin> ... </plugin>
            <plugin> ... </plugin>