Up to 700 members of the Public and Commercial Services Union (PCS) working for the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) will take part in a one-day strike on Thursday 6 March.

Up to 700 members of the Public and Commercial Services Union (PCS) working for the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) will take part in a one-day strike on Thursday 6 March. Union members voted overwhelmingly for strike action for the first time in their history in a log running dispute over pay levels.

The one-day stoppage will hit emergency and 999 distress calls in addition to the operations of 19 UK rescue co-ordination centres which control search and rescue operations and task Lifeboats, helicopters and other rescue teams. Peter Cardy, Chief Executive of the MCA, said, “Safety at sea is the MCAs key priority and by our contingency plans which are now in place I can reassure the public that an emergency response for those at risk will not be compromised by industrial action.”