Unite the Union

Unite the Union

December 10, 2007 09:24 ET


LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM--(Marketwire - Dec. 10, 2007) - Trade union members are holding a demonstration outside DARA Almondbank, Perth, Scotland today from 12:30pm ( Monday 10th December 2007) to demonstrate their opposition to the proposed sale of helicopter and component work currently undertaken by the MoD at DARA.

Employees at DARA Almondbank, and DARA Fleetlands, Gosport, Hampshire are unanimously opposed to the proposed sale of their work to Vector Aerospace of Canada.

Ian Waddell, National Officer, Unite said,

"Trade union members at DARA Almondbank and DARA Fleetlands are incensed that the Government could contemplate selling such valuable defence assets at a time when the supply of helicopters to the front line in Iraq and Afghanistan is of such critical importance.

The ethos of delivering a product for the defence of the nation could be lost overnight and replaced by a commercial ethos where profit comes first. There is a huge question mark over whether the private sector is better placed to provide the service provided by loyal and committed civil servants.

It is commendable and a mark of their loyalty and commitment that the trade union members at DARA Almondbank will demonstrate their anger during their lunch time in order to avoid any disruption to the service they provide to the Ministry of Defence."

The Trade Unions, Unite, Prospect and PCS have presented an alternative proposal to Baroness Taylor Min DES and are seeking the withdrawal of the proposed sale.

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