Unions sign agreement with coastguard over jobs threat

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NO STONE will be left unturned in attempts to redeploy coastguard workers whose jobs are at risk under modernisation plans, a union has said.

The Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) is currently reorganising its stations across the country.

The planned restructure will see its current base in Lee-on-the-Solent replaced by a bigger, state-of-the-art maritime operations centre in Fareham.

Trade unions and the MCA have now signed a pre-redundancy agreement to protect workers and provide opportunities for those who may lose their roles.

John Ferrett, the negotiations officer for the Prospect union, said: ‘While the unions remain concerned about the number of station closures taking place, this agreement does provide members with an extra layer of security.

‘If they wish to remain in the agency or the civil service, no stone will be left unturned in an effort to redeploy them.’

Nobody from the MCA was available for comment.