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Maritime and Coastguard Agency: Industrial Disputes

Volume 464: debated on Tuesday 16 October 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if she will make a statement on the industrial action taking place affecting the Maritime and Coastguard Agency; what contingency arrangements are in place should the dispute escalate; and what steps she is taking to settle the dispute. (158159)

Industrial action short of a strike has been taking place within the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) since the end of May this year. This action while regrettable, has not affected emergency response and search and rescue work.

The MCA are meeting regularly with union representatives with a view to bringing the dispute to a conclusion as soon as possible. I have also met the unions and listened to their concerns on this issue.

The MCA has detailed contingency plans in place to cover emergency situations should the dispute escalate.