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Briefing 

Defence Sector Group DSg/BB/30/15
  
25 June 2015 
  

 

To:      Branches

Cc:      Group Executive Committee (GEC)

Defence Business Services -                    

Taking Ownership

Our union's briefing Defence Business Services – Taking Control dated 1 June 2015 generated a great deal of interest from you and the Future Defence Business Services (DBS) update today should have made every single civil servant in DBS realise that their jobs and pensions are at real risk of being privatised.

While no final decision has been made and we await the Initial Gate Business Case decision, we know that industry are lining up to bid for DBS in their drive to pursue profit.

Civil servants and our military colleagues are best placed to drive efficiencies for defence delivery, while at the same time retaining and developing capability and capacity. The need to deliver profit in the private sector is directly at odds with this.

Prior to being privatised MyCSP was a success, but sadly no-one would describe the current privatised service as successful. The public sector is just as capable of running a successful business operation as the private sector. As privatisation is usually based on generating profit out of a public service, which is nigh on impossible, the private sector cannibalises and casualises the work force to reduce operating costs and produce a profit.

Our union believes that our members and a fully resourced not for profit in-house option could produce a viable and commercially smart alternative to privatisation. For example FDBS recently put forward a value for money bid to bring the management of DBS back into the civil service from April 2016 as it progresses towards a market test against bids from the management partner to remain in place under a contact extension and won.

However, we are concerned that instead of driving towards DBS being a transformation engine for defence where efficiency is delivered on a true value for money basis for defence, the direction of travel will put an even smaller version of DBS to the market that has no capacity within it to produce the savings an in-house option would need to generate to fight off privatisation.

Our concerns over DBS are not new. We have continuously highlighted concerns over the DBS management insert contract for example detailing the potential conflict of whoever won the DBS management insert contract originally bidding against any future contract.

Our union believes that while the current arrangement has produced savings, the cost of the contract when compared to the direct savings realised by MOD does not make it a smart value for money delivery mechanism for defence and the public purse. If DBS civil servants had been given funding to change a greater level of direct savings could have been achieved for defence.

Our union is convinced that DBS should remain in the MOD and be used to deliver efficient and effective defence outputs through providing secure end to end shared services to the rest of the department.

Your jobs, your terms and conditions and your sites are at risk from potential privatisation, as is the business we enable. If our union, our members and the in-house option stand and work together we have every chance of keeping DBS and your jobs in the civil service.

Civil servants and our military colleagues are best placed to drive efficiencies for defence delivery, while at the same time retaining and developing capability and capacity. The need to deliver profit in the private sector is directly at odds with this and a fair, fully resourced in-house option must be developed and supported.

Make no mistake if you want to keep DBS in the civil service because it is in the defence interest, fight for your job and pension and have a say in your future you need to be a union member and recruit every single non member that may be sat next to you.

Get involved

Do you want DBS to remain in the civil service and do you want to make decisions about your job and your future rather than have an uncertain future imposed on you?

If you do you need to get involved. Contact your local PCS representative and send your details to: pcs.futuredbs@gmail.com.

Be protected

We need every member of staff in DBS to be a union member for the up and coming fight. If you know of anyone in your workplace who is not a member of our union, please explain to them that we are fighting for their jobs, the retention of DBS in the civil service and ask them to join today.

 

Ragesh Kakhria

Defence Sector group Secretary