MoD staff strike over pay

Thousands of specialist civilian staff at the Ministry of Defence are staging a one-day strike over pay.

Picket lines have been organised by the Prospect union outside the main MoD headquarters in London, the Old War Office and other MoD establishments including Devonport Naval Base in Plymouth, Portsmouth Naval Base and Faslane Naval Base in Scotland.

Up to 6,000 MoD professional staff, including engineers, supervisors and nuclear experts, are taking part in the strike, which is being held in protest over a two-year, below inflation pay offer of 2.5%.

Prospect said that the strike action would affect engineering, technical and logistics work at naval bases, RAF stations, maintenance workshops, telecommunications facilities, overseas facilities, training establishments, facilities management, stores depots, the Defence Procurement Agency, Defence Logistics Organisation and intelligence services.

Prospect National Secretary Steve Jary said: "For years our members have worked at immense personal cost to deliver the vital support without which the front line cannot function, Now MoD wants to reward them with a below inflation pay offer stretching across two years. That is just not good enough."


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