Coastguards set to join strike action in March

Public and Commercial Services Union has called for 270,000 civil servants to stage two-day strike

Coastguards are among 270,000 civil servants who are set to stage a two-day strike on 8 and 9 March.

The strike has been called by the Public and Commercial Services Union over a dispute with the Government over the civil service compensation scheme.

The union’s national executive committee will be meeting next week to finalise further strike dates, which could include national walkouts and targeted strike action throughout the rest of March and April.

It is unclear at this stage what effect the strike will have on coastguard services, but search and rescue cover is expected to be maintained.


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Photo: Coastguards on strike in April 2008