PCS members who train army personnel in tank and armoured vehicle driving, maintenance, gunnery, and communications are striking over pay on budget day.
PCS members voted overwhelmingly for strike action after Babcock made a below inflation pay offer of 2.4%. This is despite Babcock International Group's pre tax profit rising from £275 million in 2013 to £498.8 million in 2017.
PCS industrial officer, Paul Bemrose said: “These staff provide essential support to the frontline. In recent years they have consistently been presented with pay rises that fall short of cost of living increases. At the same time Babcock has seen its profits grow by 79 per cent, largely off the back off lucrative government-funded defence contracts."
PCS general secretary Mark Serwotka said “The Babcock members have the full support of PCS. They are standing up for a decent pay rise for all staff and are right to highlight the profits made by the company which are not being shared more evenly with the staff. These staff provide a vital training service for our armed services and should not be paid on the cheap for doing so.”
How you can help
Come along and support the picket line between 7:30 and 10 a.m. on Wednesday. The picket line will be on the main gate, just past the tank museum, at Allenby Barracks, Bovington, Wareham, Dorset BH20 6JA.