Today Cleveland Fire Authority has received notification from the Fire Brigades Union (FBU) that industrial action will take place by firefighters across the country from Saturday 9 August to Saturday 16 August between 12.00pm – 14.00pm and 22.59pm – 23.59pm each day.
They have also announced that current action short of strike will continue until the first period of strike action on Saturday 9 August and will run between the periods of strike action each day (14.00pm – 22.59pm and 23.59 – 12.00pm) and will continue until further notice after the final strike finishes on the 16 August at 23.59pm.
This is a national dispute surrounding pension arrangements between the FBU and Central Government.
The withdrawal of military support during periods of industrial action by the Government has meant that fire and rescue services have to make other arrangements in order to provide emergency cover during periods of industrial action.
Cleveland Fire Brigade has contingency arrangements in place to provide emergency cover during periods of disruption, which includes having fully trained and experienced, professional firefighters supported by auxiliary firefighters.
Ian Hayton, Chief Fire Officer for Cleveland Fire Brigade, said: “It is very disappointing that a negotiated settlement has still not been reached in this national dispute and further strikes have been announced on eight consecutive days starting Saturday 9 August
“The safety of the Cleveland community is, and always will be our number one priority, and I can reassure the public we will provide a professional emergency response throughout the period of disruption as we have done previously.
“The last period of strike action was the longest period of sustained industrial action, totalling 30 hours over eight consecutive days and during that time we dealt with 29 incidents, we would anticipate a similar level of incidents for this period of action.
“The Brigade will respond promptly to all emergency calls received and the community volunteers who have come forward to be trained as auxiliary firefighters will once again play an important part in that response.
“We do, however, appeal to members of the public to take extra care in order to reduce the risk of a fire in their homes, businesses and communities. Over the next ten days we’ll also be stepping up our awareness, providing advice, support and guidance on how people can stay safe.”
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