Search

Redbridge firefighters to mount fresh eight day strike

15:43 31 July 2014

The action is the latest in a series of walk-outs in the dispute

The action is the latest in a series of walk-outs in the dispute

Archant

Firefighters in the borough are to strike over another eight consecutive days in their row with the government over pensions, it has been announced.

The Fire Brigades Union (FBU) says the changes are unworkable and would mean firefighters working into their 60s, with the risk that they will face dismissal if they fail rigorous fitness tests.

General secretary Matt Wrack said: “It is absolutely ludicrous that a government can impose a scheme which means that firefighters will have to ride engines and rescue people from fires up to age 60.

“This is unsafe and unrealistic for both firefighters and the public.”

Fire minister Penny Mordaunt said the FBU action was “completely futile and counterproductive”.

She said: “My respect for firefighters and what they do, the safety of the public and the future of the service will be my motivation in office. This will not be altered or diminished by strikes or the threat of strikes.

“The action by the FBU is completely futile and counterproductive to the interests of their members and the public. I hope they will soon realise that and re-engage so we can get this situation swiftly resolved.

“I want to thank those unions who have continued to engage on these important issues and the huge efforts made by those firefighters, officers and staff in manning contingency arrangements during strike periods.”

Firefighters will down tools between 12pm-2pm and 22.59pm-23.59pm every day from August 9-16.

Latest News Stories

Yesterday, 15:00
Cllr Gwyneth Deakins

Work has started on a new pedestrian crossing outside a school following a long-fought campaign by parents.

Yesterday, 12:00
The Temple, Wanstead Park. Picture: Friends of Wanstead Parklands

The latest news from Redbridge’s clubs and societies.

Yesterday, 09:00
Sir Winston Churchill. Picture: PA

Sir Winston Churchill, who died on January 24, 1965, is famed for his role as war prime minister, but his story is also ingrained in Redbridge’s history. Beth Wyatt delves into his relationship with Wanstead and Woodford

Fri, 17:24
Aldersbrook head Misbah Mann, back-left, governor Lady Tracey Adebowale-Jones, back-right-centre, and teacher Dean Gibson, back-right, with pupils celebrating their ofsted report success

A school has proven it’s top of the class after it was rated “outstanding” in its latest Ofsted inspection.

Most read news

It’s easy to lose sight of how beautiful London is when you’re crammed into a commuter train. Let these flying Instagram users take you on a bird’s eye tour of London.

People have pretty good memories when it comes to the outstanding performance of a tub of lard on HIGNFY.

The UN ambassador unveiled IMPACT10X10X10, a new initiative to end gender inequality as part of the HeForShe campaign.

David Cameron and Tony Blair are among those paying tribute.

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Ilford Recorder e-edition today E-edition
Family Notices 24
Our trusted business finder