Firefighters set to strike again

Striking firemen were forbidden to wear their uniform on the picket line

September 2013: Striking Eastleigh firefighters were forbidden to wear their uniform on the picket line

The Fire Brigades Union has announced a further series of strikes in protest to proposed changes to their pensions after talks with government and employers failed to produce a breakthrough.

English and Welsh firefighters will strike on:

– Friday 2 May, between noon and 5pm

– Saturday 3 May, between 2pm and 2am

– Sunday 4 May, between 10am and 3pm.

There will also be a ban on voluntary overtime across England and Wales from 3pm on Sunday 4 May until noon on Friday 9 May.

In Scotland there will be a ban on voluntary overtime between noon on Friday 2 May and noon on Friday 9 May.

Matt Wrack, FBU general secretary, said:

“After three years of negotiations and an intense four months presenting an indisputable, evidence-based case for the need to ensure a pension scheme that takes into account the unique occupation of firefighting, the government is still burying its head in the sand.

“we remain totally committed to resolving the dispute through negotiation, and are ready to meet to consider a workable proposal as soon as possible.”

Negotiations between the FBU and the Department for Communities and Local Government have been taking place for three years and Firefighters at Eastleigh’s Steele Close station took part in a recent series of stoppages which started last September following a national strike ballot which saw a 78% voter in favour of industrial action.

The government and the union have been locked in negotiations since the last strike on 3 January 2014 and following the last meeting of the union’s executive council on 9 and 10 April, the union wrote to the fire minister Brandon Lewis saying that if they hadn’t received any proposals by 24 April, they would conclude that the government was unwilling or unable to offer any improvement.

The Union say no new proposals have been forthcoming so as a result, at a meeting on Thursday 24 April the union’s executive council unanimously decided to take further industrial action.

  1 comment for “Firefighters set to strike again

  1. Pete Stewart
    April 25, 2014 at 8:09 am

    After the Fire of London, we created the best fire service in the World. But funding the best fire service in the world requires money in the form of taxes. So how appalling that our fire service is underfunded while literally £ BILLIONS are poured into propping up the EU.

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