Coastguard staff to walk out for third time

Coastguard staff in Shetland will take part in a 24-hour strike tomorrow (Friday) in solidarity with national colleagues.

It is the third walkout in three months from Shetland Coastguard workers, following earlier strikes on 1st February and 15th March.

Coastguards in the Public and Commercial Services (PCS) union will strike on Friday, along with workers in the civil service.

The move comes as the PCS seeks a 10 per cent pay rise for all of its members, in line with current inflation.

The government has offered five per cent across the board for 2023.

Local PCS representative Mike Smith said coastguard staff “cannot afford to live on under inflation pay rises”, and they “will not back down now”.

“As the cost-of-living crisis continues, reluctantly we have no option but to strike again from 7.30am on Friday, 28th April for 24 hours.”


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  • Mr ian Tinkler

    • April 28th, 2023 7:37

    When we are all in the same boat with the cost of living. When we are all threatened by a Russian dictator, when we have all been knocked sideways by an awful pandemic, I just wonder at the mentality of Socialst-led Unions calling for strikes. Somehow lemmings come to mind. Remember Maggies Tories were empowered by public revulsion at left-wing unions “Winter of discontent”. Is history about to repeat itself?


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