The proposed 48 hours strike by Public and Commercial Services union from 1900 hours on July 18 is expected to close around half of the UK’s 19 coastguard rescue control centres.
The Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) has reminded holiday makers and boat users to look very carefully at their plans and to take precautions. However MCA has ensured contingency arrangements are in place to provide an emergency service to all beach, cliff and sea users during the strike period.
The following services of MCA would remain unaffected:
- helicopters will continue to fly
- the RNLI will still send out their lifeboats
- MCA volunteer Coastguard Rescue Officers will be ready in their local communities
- as usual when out at sea, other ships and craft will assist others in distress
- emergency tugs and pollution control experts will respond to any shipping incidents that threaten the environment
Here is the Press Notice No: 202-08 dated July 15 from MCA.
Here is the press release from Public and Commercial Services union on the strike.
Update: July 19
Strike is going on and calls to Clyde and Forth coastguard stations are being diverted to Belfast and Aberdeen. Read more from BBC News.
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