DSG Pay Dispute Escalates

The Defence Support Group (DSG) is set to be hit by the longest strike in its history as workers at the Ministry of Defence (MoD) facility announced they would be starting a 10 day strike on 8 December in an ongoing dispute over a one per cent pay rise.

In an open letter to the DSG, MoD and potential new owners Babcock Land, the 800 members of Unite warned that the group's proposed sale could be derailed by a "pay system that only serves to demotivate employees and breed discontent".

Pointing out that "while the organisation's accounts have swelled we have seen our pay cut in real terms by 12–18 per cent," the letter goes on to urge the DSG, MoD and Babcock Land to "do the right thing and give the workforce the pay it deserves", and warns that "having decided on our course of action we are determined to see the job through".

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 and Warminster (Wiltshire).


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