Defence Support Group (DSG) workers have gone on the offensive in their dispute over pay, calling another ten days of strikes. The action is set to begin on Monday 8 December and last until Friday 19.
The Unite union members repair and maintain military equipment for the Ministry of Defence (MoD). They have already struck for six days to demand an eight percent pay rise.
Ronnie Simpson, Unite convenor at DSG in Stirling, central
After years of below inflation pay deals, workers were furious at the Tories’ 1 percent public sector pay cut. Workers from different DSG sites gathered at the MoD building in
Rod Thompson, convenor at Bovington in Dorset, said, “There are people at our site who have to use the food bank in
Workers also fear what could be in the pipeline if the MoD succeeds in selling DSG to private defence firm Babcock. This makes the strikes even more important.
Bovington deputy convenor Grafton Straker said, “This isn’t just for us, but the future for the youngsters. There could be a threat to jobs, and they’re not our jobs to give up—we need to make sure apprentices get a decent wage”
The action has already galvanised workers, built the union and disrupted production.
Ollie Jones, a shop steward at Donnington in
“At our last strike rally we had one of the strikers who won at St Mungo’s Broadway. They explained how it wasn’t enough to have one or two days a month—they’d gone for a longer strike that could really hit the company.
“Now workers ask not just whether we’ll be out again but when. I had a call yesterday from another steward who told me ‘the building is electric’. People we never would have expected have been joining the union.”
The strike involves over 700 workers at sites also including Warminster in Wiltshire, Catterick in North Yorkshire, Sealand in north