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:
- Tuesday 9 December from 9am till Wednesday 10 December 9am (24 hours)
This is a national dispute surrounding pension arrangements between the FBU and Central Government.
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 at Cleveland Fire Brigade said: “We are disappointed that a negotiated settlement still has not been reached in this long running and disruptive national dispute. It is regrettable that the FBU have found it necessary to announce a further 24 hour strike in England following the government’s decision to commence the Parliamentary procedure to implement the new firefighters’ pension scheme regulations.”
The strike action will not affect the fire and rescue services in Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland.
CFO Hayton added that, “While I can understand the firefighters’ frustration at not receiving a revised and improved pension offer from the government to a pension scheme they consider to be unfair, unaffordable and unworkable, I cannot condone taking strike action which inevitably increases the risk to our local communities.
“As always the safety of our communities is, and always will be our number one priority. We can reassure the public that we will provide a professional emergency response during these times, as we have done in previous periods of industrial action. We will respond promptly to all emergency calls received and the community volunteers who have come forward to be trained as auxiliary firefighters will play an important part in that response.
“Again, we are asking 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 week we will provide advice, support and guidance on how to stay safe in the press, online and distributed across Cleveland, so please take some time to access and read this potentially lifesaving information.”
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