Socialist Worker

Tory privatisation could bring threat to DSG jobs

by Dave Sewell
Issue No. 2436

The government is pushing ahead with the sale of Defence Support Group (DSG) land division to private firm Babcock Marine on 31 March.

DSG services military equipment and tanks. The sale was confirmed last month, while workers were on strike over pay.

Grabbing DSG for just £140 million means Babcock is getting a bargain. It had previously been valued at 

£300 million, and just last year generated a cash surplus of £67 million.

It is a massive giveaway to private bosses, mirroring the 2013 privatisation of Royal Mail.

It also ups the stakes in the fight for a pay rise by DSG workers in the Unite union giving workers leverage in the window of opportunity before the sale.

The government would be humiliated if Babcock pulled out. This is a case for hitting bosses hard before that window closes.

Statements by Babcock’s bosses that privatisation will “boost efficiency” belie the possibility of job losses and other attacks.

Building up workers’ strength and morale through the pay campaign is the best way to prepare for those fights.

Workers struck for 16 days last year and could be out again this month. 

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