4 August 2022

Devonport security guards ballot for strike action

PCS members working at the Devonport naval base are balloting for strike action over Covid-safe working conditions.

The security guards and supervisors employed by MOD Guards Service are concerned about having to physically touch visitors’ passes every time they enter or leave the site ­– a so-called Touch Pass Protocol (TPP) that was dropped for safety reasons in March 2020.

PCS says the ballot is a direct result of the employer not negotiating or consulting with us about health and safety and working practices.  

A PCS spokesperson said: “This measure is a real risk to our members’ health, and to that of everyone on the base. 

"Touching a pass does not achieve base security. That’s entirely down to our members' skill and vigilance, as they've demonstrated across the past 27 months when TPP was stopped.

“Our security guard members’ job is to keep people safe at the naval base, so it’s worrying that this measure makes them – and others – less safe.” 

PCS remains concerned about the:   

  • immediate risk of Covid-19 infections to members and others on the base 
  • further risk of biological, viral and bacterial infection to the general population
  • lack of health and safety monitoring, consultation, and engagement with employees as required by law and industrial relations at Devonport.

The ballot runs until 17 August.