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Shannon air rescue deal almost done

Bristow Ireland Limited and the trade union Unite have reached an agreement in preparation for the transition to the next Irish Coast Guard Search and Rescue (SAR) aviation contract, including personnel at Shannon. In August 2023, Bristow signed a contract with the Department of Transport for the provision of rotary and fixed-wing aviation services for the Irish Coast Guard. Bristow will operate six specialised SAR-configured AW189 helicopters from dedicated bases in Shannon, Sligo, Waterford and Weston. In addition to the helicopter service, the new Coast Guard aviation service will, for the first time, also include a fixed-wing aircraft service. The new framework agreement between Bristow and Unite will ensure a smooth transition of specialist helicopter engineers to Bristow. It captures agreed terms and conditions of employment, giving engineers a clear view of their employment with Bristow while also ensuring a process for dispute resolution. The agreement has been accepted by the group of specialist helicopter engineers represented by Unite. They …

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