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Ministry of Defence jobs slashed

Issue No. 2263

Unions in the Ministry of Defence (MoD) are preparing to fight the extra 7,000 job cuts ministers announced last week. This comes on top of more than 40,000 other jobs to go in the department.

PCS union general secretary Mark Serwotka has denounced the new attacks, while activists in the GMB and Unite unions were set to meet this week to discuss a campaign over the issue.

Brett Davis, a Unite member at the Donnington MoD site, said, “The unions should use the upcoming protests at the Lib Dem and Tory conferences to increase members’ confidence to fight.

“At Donnington, we’ve organised marches that have brought new layers of workers into activity, with some becoming union reps. We are facing being sold off as we’re part of the Defence Support Group, and we’ve launched a campaign against this.

“We should also be arguing that as all workers are under attack we should be striking alongside the unions planning action in November.”

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Tue 2 Aug 2011, 17:38 BST
Issue No. 2263
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