Firefighters to continue industrial action following strike

Picture: Tony Gay

Picture: Tony Gay - Credit: Archant

The Fire Brigades Union (FBU) has called on members to join further industrial action following the end of a planned strike on Tuesday.

Last week the union announced it would be striking over pensions from 6pm tomorrow (October 31) until 6pm Tuesday (November 4).

In a statement addressing members, general secretary Matt Wrack said firefighters would be continuing action short of strike afterwards.

The action will see members not participating in exhibition or competition drills or events and not participating in duties associated with Marauding Terrorism and Firearm Attacks (MTFA) incidents.

FBU’s London regional secretary Paul Embery said the union would be calling further strikes if the Government continued to refuse to negotiate.

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He said: “People are really, really angry. Certainly if this strike doesn’t have the desired effect, there will be large numbers of firefighters calling for a continuation after this one.”

The upcoming strike marks an escalation in the dispute, as up until now the walkouts, which started in September last year, have only lasted between two and 24 hours.

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Earlier this week, the strikes were called off in Wales after the Welsh government confirmed its fire minister was preparing to consult over a new pension scheme, which differs from the one proposed in England.

Mr Embery said firefighters hoped the news would put pressure on Westminster.

“It doesn’t seem to be doing that at the moment,” he said.

“It seems they are clearly now digging their heels in.”

The continued action short of strike will also see members refusing to cross borders to work where other services are striking, or in a fire and rescue service where the employer is not recognising partial performance.

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