Lee coastguards stage one-hour walkout

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Coastguards at Lee-on-the-Solent walked out on strike for an hour early today in protest at plans to close nine of Britain’s coastguard stations.

Staff at the Solent base, in Marine Parade West, Lee-on-the-Solent, walked out from 3am to 4am today/yesterday.

And tomorrow/today, day shift workers will strike/were striking between 11am and 12pm.

As reported in The News, the government wants to close the coastguard base at Lee.

Instead operations will move to a new state-of-the-art centre inside the disused fire control centre at Kite’s Croft in Titchfield.

The Public and Commercial Services Union (PCS) says the closures would mean the loss of life-saving local knowledge around the coast and could put lives at risk.

PCS general secretary Mark Serwotka said: ‘We have always had grave concerns about the government’s proposals to cut coastguard stations and staff and we know this is shared by people in our coastal communities. We believe these cuts could put lives at risk.’

The industrial action will continue, alternating between night and day shifts, until June 15.

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