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MPs agree with Unite that military firefighters' jobs should not be privatised

PLANS to privatise firefighters’ jobs at military bases should be halted, an influential committee of MPs said today.

The Ministry of Defence wants to “outsource” its Defence Fire and Rescue Services (DFRS) to private companies.

Two firms bidding for the contract, Capita and Serco, have dubious records on public service provision, according to Unite, which represents the firefighters.

The union wrote to the defence select committee expressing its concerns and the committee responded by writing to Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson expressing “a number of concerns” about privatising DFRS. 

Unite national officer Jim Kennedy said: “Privatisation of these services at MoD bases raises serious concerns for national security.

“Our case has been strengthened by the recent collapse of the outsourcing giant Carillion which was not exactly an advertisement for the benefits of privatisation.”

He said the MoD should “pull the plug” on the privatisation plans. 

 

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