by Tim Lezard Unite members working for the Defence Support Group today begin a series of strikes over pay. The MoD’s equipment repair agency has various sites across the UK, with workers on each site taking action on a different day. Strikes are plann …

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Defence Support Group DSGby Tim Lezard

Unite members working for the Defence Support Group today begin a series of strikes over pay.

The MoD’s equipment repair agency has various sites across the UK, with workers on each site taking action on a different day. Strikes are planned in Donnington, Stirling, Catterick, Colchester, Bovington, Warmister and Ashchurch in Gloucestershire.

The workers have rejected a 1% pay offer and are seeking an 8% rise from the agency, which has reserves of £65,000,000.
Unite national officer Mike McCartney said: “DSG will probably be sold off to the private sector in 2015 and our members want to be able to take with them to their new employer, a decent rate of pay which can be consolidated for pension purposes.

“DSG has cash reserves of £65 million, which will go back to the Treasury’s coffers, once the sale has been completed. The current DSG management can afford to give a substantial pay rise to the workers who have made DSG such a success story.”


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