Defence workers end dispute after accepting ‘significa...

Defence workers end dispute after accepting ‘significantly’ improved pay deal

13 February 2015

Workers at the Defence Support Group (DSG) have overwhelmingly accepted a ‘significantly’ improved pay offer drawing to a close a long running dispute at the Ministry of Defence (MoD) facility. 

The members of Britain’s largest union, Unite backed the revised pay offer of 1 per cent plus a £1,250 bonus by 91 per cent in a ballot, the union announced today (Friday 13 February). 

The pay deal, representing a 66 per cent increase on what was on the table before the dispute, followed 16 days of strike action.

Unite national officer Mike McCartney said: “This significantly improved pay deal would not have been possible without the resolve of members who were determined to get a just and fair deal. 

“It represents a significant increase on what was originally on offer and shows what can be achieved when workers stand shoulder to shoulder. 

“We trust that Babcock, who take over the running of the DSG, will continue to recognise the vital role our members play in supporting our armed forces by working positively with Unite.”

The DSG maintains, repairs and overhauls military equipment for MoD at Bovington (Dorset), Catterick (North Yorkshire), Colchester, Donnington (Shropshire), Stirling and Warminster (Wiltshire).


For further information please contact the Unite press office on 020 3371 2065 or 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.