DSG Defence workers, including those affected at Donnington (Shropshire), have accepted a new offer to end a long-running dispute over pay.

Members of Unite at the Defence Support Group (DSG) voted by 9-1 in favour of a one per cent rise plus a bonus of £1,250.


The workers, who maintain and repair military equipment for the Ministry of Defence, have taken 16 days of strike action since the row flared last year.

Unite national officer Mike McCartney said: "This significantly improved pay deal would not have been possible without the resolve of members who were determined to get a just and fair deal. It represents a significant increase on what was originally on offer and shows what can be achieved when workers stand shoulder to shoulder. We trust that Babcock, who take over the running of the DSG, will continue to recognise the vital role our members play in supporting our armed forces by working positively with Unite."

Other workers are based at Bovington (Dorset), Catterick (North Yorkshire), Colchester, Stirling and Warminster.

UNITE's DSG workers have suspended their week of strike action [Monday 26th to Friday 30th January], giving a week to pay an offer of a one-off £1,250 bonus.

They have already been on strike for one, four then ten days before Xmas demanding an 8% pay rise at a time when the specialist division made a profit of £67m and a 1% offer made.

UNITE members at Defence Support Group (MoD Donnington, Shropshire) spoke at our AGM January 2015 and were presented with cheques of £200 from WB&DTUC and £300 from UNISON Wolverhampton General branch.


Telford and Shropshire Trade Union Council gave £1000 recently READ MORE HERE...

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The government privatisation of DSG selling the Army's vehicle maintenance and repair business to Engineering firm Babcock for £140 million (DSG was quoted in the press to be worth £300million) and won a £900 million, 10-year contract from the Ministry of Defence was announced to take place 1 April 2015. Read more: http://www.westerndailypress.co.uk/DSG-sold-MoD/story-25815837-detail/story.html#ixzz3PJ91UaXf

DSG is set up with one aim - to keep British armed services safe and fully operational.

Selling this off to a private company has broken up a vital service.

Bad for employees and their communities

  • A sell-off could put 2,800 DSG jobs directly at risk.

  • Pay and conditions of those who keep their jobs could also be hit.

  • Investment could be lost in the 26 communities with DSG sites throughout the UK. 

Bad for our forces

  • DSG provides a bespoke flexible support service for British forces. A sell-off would destroy this vital service.

  • With troops in Afghanistan, now is the wrong time to look at reorganising support services for our armed forces.

  • The highly specialised services offered by skilled DSG staff could not be provided by any other arrangement.

Bad for Britain

  • DSG provided a £16.5m dividend back to the MoD since 2008; if sold-off these profits would end up leaving the MoD.

  • DSG delivered £30m in savings, reduced costs and increased efficiencies since 2008. 

  • Private contractors could end up costing more to provide these vital services, diverting money away from frontline troops.