First ever coastguard strike

The PCS public services union organised the first ever national strike in the coastguard service on 6 March. The dispute is over pay and the union argues that workers in coast guard control centres are paid well below comparable jobs in other emergency services and little more than the minimum wage. The union is also continuing its dispute over pay in the Department for Work and Pensions. PCS has rejected the Department's pay offer for 2008 that would leave up to 40% of staff with no increase at all this year. [Read more at > PCS (EN)->]

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