By Maximilian Clarke

A further 4,200 members of the armed forces could lose their jobs as a result of the latest restructuring announced today (Tuesday) by the Ministry of Defence (MoD).

But aside from the heavy losses from the UK military, the Unite union calculate that a further 2,500 jobs could be lost from support roles including the Civil Service, as well as from other logistical roles.

”It is clear that the cutbacks to frontline staff will have a detrimental affect on the industrial civil servants that provide vital back-up and support to our frontline men and women," commented Mike MacCarney, Unite's national officer for the Ministry of Defence.

”We estimate that it could affect up to 2,500 such jobs, although it is difficult to give a timeline. We also expect to see an increase in outsourcing and privatisation of such services to private firms.

The news comes ahead of tomorrow's employment figures, which are broadly anticipated to bring further bad news having last month risen to a 17-year high.

”Unite will campaign very hard against any potential job cuts to the industrial civil servant staff and fight against the outsourcing of such jobs which, we believe, will lead to a deterioration of service delivery to the Ministry of Defence, and a lessening of the pay, and terms and conditions of the workforce.

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