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New deal at DSG but strikes can win more

Issue No. 2438

DSG workers on strike in Sealand

DSG workers on strike in Sealand (Pic: Adam Rose)

Defence support Group (DSG) bosses made workers a new offer on Monday of this week in the hope of ending a dispute that saw 16 days of strikes at the end of last year. 

The Unite union members at the firm are now considering a £1,250 lump sum payment. 

Bosses have given ten days for the union to respond then, they say, they will withdraw the deal.

“Getting an offer on the table worth over 5.5 percent for most DSG workers is testament to the massive economic impact our strikes have had,” shop steward Ollie Jones told Socialist Worker.

“It shows what can be done when a fight is taken to the bosses and workers stay solid,” he added. 

But it is not the consolidated pay rise that workers have struck for. 


They have shown they have the power to take on the bosses and more strikes could win a pay rise.

“More could be achieved if we reject the offer and carry on the fight,” said Ollie.

Unite has recruited massively because it has led a fightback—accepting this deal now will only lead to new attacks in the future. 

Ministry of Defence bosses are under pressure to settle the dispute ahead of DSG’s planned sale to private company Babcock on 1 April.

They want a smooth transition to Babcock, who want workers who will accept low pay, to allow them to drive down costs and win contracts.

Workers should reject this offer and turn the heat up on the bosses with more strikes. They have the power to win.

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