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Unions Warn of Job Losses If MoD Privatises Repair Contract

Magazine article Public Finance

Unions Warn of Job Losses If MoD Privatises Repair Contract

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Ministry of Defence plans to privatise repair work for aircraft and armoured vehicles could lead to 1,950 extra job losses and jeopardise standards, civil service unions have warned.

Whitehall's engineering and science community has reacted with dismay to this week's announcement by armed forces minister Adam Ingram that two MoD trading operations - the Defence Aviation Repair Agency and the Army Base Repair Organisation, which provide logistical support to the military are to be streamlined' by 2007.

Up to 1,950 jobs, many of them held by specialist staff, could be lost, Ingram revealed on November 8. The T&G union, which represents civilian MoD staff, estimates that a further 1,200 jobs could be at risk.

The MoD says that any savings made under the plan 'will be reinvested in defence'.

Ingram announced that Dara's 'fast jet' work in Glamorgan would close from April 2007. …

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