by Tim Lezard Unite members working for the Defence Support Group (DSG) have announced a ten-day strike over pay. The workers, who maintain, repair and overhaul military equipment for the MoD, are angry at being offered just a 1% rise. The main sites a …

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Defence Support Group DSGby Tim Lezard

Unite members working for the Defence Support Group (DSG) have announced a ten-day strike over pay.

The workers, who maintain, repair and overhaul military equipment for the MoD, are angry at being offered just a 1% rise.

The main sites affected by the latest walkout, which begins on December 8th, are at Bovington (Dorset), Catterick (North Yorkshire), Colchester, Donnington (Shropshire), Stirling and Warminster (Wiltshire).

Unite national officer Mike McCartney said: “The MoD, DSG management and the group’s potential new owner Babcock Land should be under no illusion of the resolve of the workforce to secure a fair pay settlement.

“Workers who have made DSG such a success story in supporting our armed forces feel betrayed by the continual erosion of their pay packets. The DSG is a cash rich organisation which can well afford a decent a pay rise for its hard working staff.

“Feelings among our members are running high not just because of the insulting pay offer, but because of the uncertain future they face of being sold off to the private sector. Management need to get back around the table to avoid the sell-off being derailed.”


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