17th July 2014
Fire Fighters Industrial Action
Members of the Fire Brigades Union (FBU) are partway through eight consecutive days of industrial action, in response to planned changes to firefighter pensions which they say are “unworkable”, “unrealistic” and “nothing short of a vicious attack”.
Firefighters will walk out from 6am to 8am and 5pm to 7pm today (Thursday); from 6am to 8am tomorrow (Friday) and 11pm Friday to 1am on Saturday; from 11am to 1pm on Saturday and from 11pm Saturday to 1pm on Sunday; from 7pm to 9pm on Sunday and from 6am to 8am and 5pm to 7pm on Monday.
The FBU say the changes would see firefighters paying more, working longer and receiving less.
Matt Wrack, FBU general secretary, said: “The government must realise that firefighters cannot accept proposals that would have such devastating consequences for their futures, their families’ futures – and the future of the fire and rescue service itself.
The Government response to this industrial action has been coordinated by the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) in close liaison with the Scottish and Welsh Government. These Departments have been working with Local Fire and Rescue Authorities to ensure that appropriate contingency plans are in place to deliver any alternative arrangements needed.
Their top line advice for businesses at this time is to:
- Review your current fire risk assessment;
- Check your detection systems;
- Make sure escape plans are in place and employees know them;
- Avoid arson risks, such as rubbish left around.