MoD staff vote on work to rule over relocation plans

About 2,500 staff working for the Ministry of Defence (MoD) in the Defence Logistics Organisation are being balloted about taking industrial action in a dispute about job losses and relocation.

The ballot, asking staff to support a work-to-rule, has been called by the PCS union following proposals which could result in thousands of civilian MoD jobs being relocated to the South West of England.

The union claims the proposals affect up to 4,000 staff, based at sites at Andover, Caversfield, Sherborne, Telford, Wyton and Yeoviltion who could lose their jobs or face transfering to work in Bath and Bristol.

The plans were developed without the opportunity for staff or unions to express their views and without any consultation, the PCS claims.

The ballot runs until 22 September.

Mark Serwotka, PCS general secretary, said: “Staff are dismayed at the arbitrary and flawed nature of these plans, which are being forced through with little consultation.

“Our members are extremely concerned that these plans will have a damaging impact on the support our armed forces receive.”

The union is already in dispute with the MoD about plans to privatise defence training, which it claims will lead to job cuts and falling standards.


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