Unite the Union

Unite the Union

November 28, 2007 06:59 ET

Trade unions oppose MoD sale of Military Helicopter and Component Servicing and Repair Facilities

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM--(Marketwire - Nov. 28, 2007) - Three major trade unions have joined together to oppose plans by the government to sell the MODs helicopter maintenance work.

The plan to sell the work, currently performed by DARA sites, soon to form part of the new Agency the Defence Support Group (DSG), has met with opposition from three major trade unions who believe that the sale represents too great a risk at a time of war.

Unite, PCS and Prospect trade unions say that the sale of the Helicopter, Rotary Wing and Component Business, to the Canadian company Vector Aerospace is a wrong decision at the wrong time and constitutes an overstretch for the Canadian company, which has no proven track record in Helicopter work in the UK and will effectively double the size of its' business worldwide.

Ian Waddell, National Officer for Unite trade union, speaking on behalf of the Joint Trade unions, said:
"We firmly believe that this vital work should remain within the MoD, especially at a time when helicopters are such an essential part of the efforts being made in the theatres of both Iraq and Afghanistan.

"For these reasons it is a wrong placed idea and the wrong time to sell off this critical work to a private company without frontline experience and without the existing capacity to fulfil this type of contract."

The trade unions have submitted their own proposal that would see the work carried out by the DSG. They say this would ensure the critical supply of helicopters and components to the frontline, improve the flexibility of the servicing response and, importantly, retain this vital strategic capability within direct MoD control and ensure the long-term employment and the retention of key workforce skills.

The DSG's main dedicated sites are DARA Fleetlands at Gosport in Hampshire and DARA Almondbank, Perth, Scotland.

Contact Information

  • Unite Trade Union
    Catherine Bithell
    020 7 420 8909 or 07958 473 224
    Alex Flynn
    020 7 801 2747 or 07833978216