December 11 2013 Latest news:
Monday, November 4, 2013
Firefighters in Redbridge are set for a two-hour strike this morning in a continuing row over pensions and retirement age.
The nationwide walkout will take place from 6-8am.
General secretary of the Fire Brigades Union (FBU), Matt Wrack, said: “Firefighters are keen for these issues to be resolved through discussion, but the government won’t even listen to its own evidence, which highlights that the schemes are unworkable and unaffordable.
“Firefighters want a pension scheme that takes account of the hazardous nature of the job as well as being affordable and workable for them and for the taxpayer.
“We hope these brief strikes will mean the government returns to negotiations so we can agree a sensible way forward.”
Firefighters from Redbridge’s three fire station will walk out: Ilford station, High Road, Ilford; Hainault station, New North Road, Hainault and Woodford station, Snakes Lane West, Woodford Green.
This is the third walk out after a four-hour strike, the first in a decade, at the end of September, and a four-and-a-half hour strike on Friday night.
Police confirmed a contingency level of fire and rescue services, consisting of up to 27 fire engines operated by trained contractors, is in place to deal with more serious incidents across all of the London boroughs.