Members of the PCS civil service workers’ union at the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) have voted overwhelmingly for industrial action short of a strike over low pay.
Over 81 percent voted for action which will see workers withdrawing from non-essential 999 emergency duties.
Workers have rejected a below inflation cost of living increase, which averages 2.5 percent for many and less than 1 percent for experienced staff. The row over pay has rumbled on since the settlement date of August last year.
Management has ignored the findings of pay comparison exercises carried out towards the end of last year, which have supported the union’s claim for comparability with other 999 services.
Prospect union members at the MCA are also taking indefinite industrial action after an earlier vote.