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Defense Workers Start a 10-Day Strike over Pay

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Published on : Dec 08, 2014

Members of Unite at the Defense Support Group are going to walk out on Monday protesting at a 1% pay offer.

The group keeps repairing and renovating military equipment for the Ministry of Defense.  The Unite national officer, Mr. Mike McCartney, stated that Defense Support Group was cash-rich and asked them to take up negotiations for a fair pay deal again.

The Ministry of Defense stated that the strikes would not affect the present military operations.A strike for six days has already taken place in earlier weeks over the same dispute.

Mr. McCartney stated that as the Defense Support Group is matured up enough to be privatized, staffs that support the armed forces had salary cuts in actual terms of around 18%. The Defense Support Group is a cash-rich organization, which can afford a decent salary hike.  Management should not be under any false impression about the steadfastness of our staffs as this most recent action that is the longest in the history of the group represents.

Any delays in accumulation in repairs and maintenance of main military equipment sit directly with Defense Support Group management, who has to get back to the bargain table to finalize a fair reimbursement deal.

A Ministry of Defense spokesperson stated that it is totally unacceptable that Unite is still not talking about the negotiation over a proposed 1% salary hike that is in line with the proposal to the broader civil service. The public can be assured that this industrial action will have no effect on current military operations or ability.

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