Industrial action by search and rescue pilots in Sligo postponed

Industrial action planned by search-and-rescue helicopter pilots in Sligo today has been postponed.

Pilots working for the Irish Coast Guard search-and-rescue were due to go on strike around midday in a dispute over rosters.

The service is operated under contract by the company CHC, which has its headquarters in Canada.

Members of the Irish Airline Pilots’ Association (Ialpa) met management at the company last night.

Ialpa, a branch of the Fórsa trade union, issued notice of industrial action to CHC last week after a ballot of members overwhelmingly supported industrial action.

However following discussions last night this action has now been postponed.

Sligo is one of four rescue helicopter bases in Ireland.