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Defence workers begin ‘historic’ 10 day strike over pay

Defence workers begin ‘historic’ 10 day strike over pay

08 December 2014

Strike action over a one per cent pay rise at the Defence Support Group (DSG) is set to intensify today (8 December 2014) as over 800 members of the country’s largest union, Unite, start a 10 day strike at the Ministry of Defence (MoD) facilities.

The latest action, the longest in the group’s history, led to warnings of backlogs in the repair and maintenance of key military equipment as the union accused DSG management of fattening up the organisation for its sell off to preferred bidder Babcock Land.

Commenting, Unite national officer Mike McCartney said: “As the DSG is fattened up to be privatised, workers who support our armed forces have had pay cuts in real terms of nearly 18 per cent. 

“The DSG is a cash rich organisation which can well afford a decent pay rise. Management should be under no illusion of the resolve of our members as this latest action, which is the longest in the group’s history, demonstrates.

“Any backlogs in repairs and maintenance of key military equipment sit squarely with DSG management who need to get back around the negotiating table to hammer out a fair pay deal.”   

The latest round of action at the group which maintains, repairs and overhauls military equipment for the MoD, follows six days of solid strike action in October and November.

The main sites affected by the latest walkout are at Bovington (Dorset), Catterick (North Yorkshire), Colchester, Donnington (Shropshire), Stirling, Sealand (North Wales) and Warminster (Wiltshire). 

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For further information please contact Unite head of media and campaigns Alex Flynn on 020 3371 2066 or 07967 665869. 

Notes to editors:

  • Unite is Britain and Ireland’s largest trade union with over 1.4 million members working across all sectors of the economy. The general secretary is Len McCluskey.