Today Cleveland Fire Authority has received notification from the Fire Brigades Union (FBU) that industrial action will take place by firefighters across the country on:
- Monday 14 July: 6am–8am and 5pm–7pm
- Tuesday 15 July: 6am–8am and 5pm–7pm
- Wednesday 16 July: 6am–8am and 5pm–7pm
- Thursday 17 July: 6am–8am and 5pm–7pm
- Friday 18 July: 6am–8am and 11pm–1am on Saturday 19 July
- Saturday 19 July: 11am–1pm and 11pm–1am on Sunday 20 July
- Sunday 20 July: 5pm–7pm
- Monday 21 July: 6am–8am and 5pm–7pm
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 despite the talks between the FBU and the Government, and that further strikes have been announced on eight consecutive days starting Monday 14 July.
“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.
“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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