Members of the PCS union working for the Maritime and Coastguard Agency have voted by over 80 percent to reject management’s 2006 pay offer.
Bosses offered a below inflation cost of living increase, which averages at just 2.5 percent for many workers and less than 1 percent for the most experienced staff.
The pay settlement was due in August last year. Management ignored the findings of pay comparison exercises last year which supported the PCS’s claim for pay to be brought up to the same level as other 999 services.
Paul Smith, the PCS negotiations officer in the department, said, “Members are very angry at the attitude of management.
“The basic coastguard grade is barely above the minimum wage at £5.37 an hour for a 42 hour week. They monitor shipping and public safety across tens of thousands of square miles of ocean and coastline.”