Socialist Worker

DSG workers vote on deal

by Dave Sewell
Issue No. 2440

Defence Support Group (DSG) workers in the Unite union were voting on a new pay offer as Socialist Worker went to press.

They repair and maintain tanks and military equipment for the Ministry of Defence.

Their ballot was set to close on Thursday of this week—with a majority expected to accept bosses’ offer of a £1,250 lump sum in response to strikes last year.

Socialist Worker has argued to reject the offer.

It is less than the 8 percent consolidated pay rise the strike demanded. 

And no deal should be signed without the reinstatement of Rod Thompson, the suspended Unite convenor at DSG Bovington in Dorset.

A decision to pause strikes in January undermined the momentum the strikes were building. 

Bosses gambled that the looming privatisation of DSG to new owners Babcock on 1 April would pressure workers to feel that it was too late.

But new strikes could still show them and Babcock that they are wrong.

For all its flaws the offer is far more than what workers were originally offered.

It shows the impact that the strikes had. And the dispute brought around 100 more workers into the union.

It will be important to build on this after privatisation—both to keep up the pay campaign under Babcock, and to fight any threats to jobs.

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