Unite members working at the Defence Support Group warn of further action over pay

Unite members on strike at Defence Support Group in Warminster, December 2014

Unite members on strike at Defence Support Group in Warminster, December 2014

Workers at the Defence Support Group (DSG) have warned of further strike action in the New Year as ministers confirmed the sell-off of the group to Babcock Land for £140 million.

The warning comes just days after 800 Unite members finished a historic ten-day strike in a long-running dispute over a 1% pay rise.

The latest action, the longest in the DSG’s history, was solidly supported by workers angry at the ‘betrayal’ of seeing their pay cut in real terms while the group is fattened up for its sale to the private sector.

Unite national officer Mike McCartney said: “Defence Support Group management have hidden behind the Treasury’s pay cap and denied the workforce a decent pay rise which reflects their contribution to the £15 million surplus the organisation posted in the last year.

“It is a disgrace that hard pressed workers struggling to make ends meet are seeing their pay cut in real terms while the Treasury rakes in £140 million from the sale of DSG.

“The MoD and DSG need to sit down and negotiate a settlement or risk further action in the new year which could disrupt the smooth handover to Babcock Land.”

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


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