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:
- Friday 31 October from 18.00hrs until Tuesday 4 November 18.00hrs
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 Office at Cleveland Fire Brigade said: “We are disappointed that a negotiated settlement still has not been reached in this national dispute despite the talks between the FBU and the Government, and that further strikes have been announced. Firefighters are demonstrating their frustration and anger by escalating strike action to a continuous four day period. We understand the outrage felt by firefighters, who I believe have entered into discussions in good faith and received no improved offer in return.
“That said, the safety of our communities is, and always will be our number one priority, and I can reassure the public we will provide a professional emergency response throughout any period of disruption. We will respond promptly to all emergency calls received as we have in previous industrial action periods 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, particularly during the bonfire period, 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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