Huelga UK Coast Guard

The Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) is reminding boat users to look very carefully at their plans in advance of a strike called by the Public and Commercial Services Union which will affect Coastguard Stations around the UK next week (8th – 9th March).

Contingency arrangements are in place to ensure that the MCA will continue to provide an Emergency service. The industrial action is by those responsible for co-ordinating rescues. The rescuers themselves will continue to operate as normal.

The Agency is therefore reminding the public to take extra care whilst on the sea, beach or cliffs.

Five of 19 maritime rescue coordination centres (MRCC), including Belfast and Brixham, are non-operational today as Public and Commercial Services (PCS) union members stage a one-day strike over pay.

The Dover Strait Traffic Separation Scheme is being monitored by French Coastguard for the day and a strategic support centre based in Highcliffe, Dorset is backing up the operational MRCC’s – many of which are under-manned.

A spokesman for the MCA said there have been no incidents so far.

The strike follows protests about what staff say is “poverty pay”, while managers say they are bound by public sector pay constraints.

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