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Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Union Wants Inquiry on U.K. Maintenance Sale

A U.K. union is calling for an inquiry into the Defence Ministry's planned sale of helicopter maintenance facilities to a private company. The Portsmouth News reports the union has written to James Arbuthnot, the member of Parliament who chairs the commons defence select committee, asking for an investigation into proposals to sell the Defence Aviation Repair Agency (Dara) to the Canadian company Vector Aerospace. "We believe there is too much risk in selling this business to a private sector, profit-driven organization," a union official told the paper. The union argues that the sale, if it goes through, could impair helicopter support capability at a time when the conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq are placing strains on the U.K. fleet. For related news


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