MoD staff win shorter week

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The Independent Online
Thousands of civilian defence staff are to have their working week cut by two hours.

The 6,000 Ministry of Defence workers include employees at the Fleet Maintenance Repair Organisation in Portsmouth, the Naval Air Arm Establishment at Fleetlands in Hampshire and the Army Repair Workshop in Donnington, Shropshire.

The 37-hour week, which brings the workers into line with white-collar staff, is coupled with productivity improvements. Jack Dromey, national officer of the Transport and General Workers' Union, said: "Our breakthrough on working hours in the MoD is the most significant in this pay round."