July 23 2014 Latest news:
Friday, July 4, 2014
Further industrial action dates have been confirmed by the Fire Brigades Union today (Friday).
In addition to the strike taking place on Thursday, July 10, between 10am and 7pm, further dates and times have been announced, listed below:
• Monday, July 14: 6am–8am and 5pm–7pm
• Tuesday, July 15: 6am–8am and 5pm–7pm
• Wednesday, July 16: 6am–8am and 5pm–7pm
• Thursday, July 17: 6am–8am and 5pm–7pm
• Friday, July 18: 6am–8am and 11pm–1am on Saturday 19 July
• Saturday, July 19: 11am–1pm and 11pm–1am on Sunday 20 July
• Sunday, July 20: 5pm–7pm
• Monday July 21: 6am–8am and 5pm–7pm.
Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service is calling on residents and businesses to be vigilant during these periods of industrial action.
Plans are being put in place to ensure fire cover across the county is maintained and that emergency 999 calls are responded to.
Deputy chief fire officer Chris Strickland said: “These latest strike periods represent a significant escalation to the dispute between the union and the government.
“These short strike periods will mean providing an emergency service to the residents of Cambridgeshire will be difficult, but we anticipate a similar level of cover to the previous strikes will be available.
“However the disruption to our day to day work will be substantial. We urge residents across the county to take extra care to help reduce the chances of a fire or road traffic collision happening.”
Matt Wrack, FBU general secretary, said: “The FBU has wanted to settle our dispute for a long time, but the government at Westminster is simply not listening.
“We are therefore proud to take strike action alongside our colleagues in other unions on July 10.
“The fact that this government has united so many workers to take strike action against them is a testament to the failure of their policies.
“They are destroying our public services and wrecking the lives of millions.
“If they won’t listen and won’t negotiate then this is the result — and they should face more of the same if necessary.”
For further information on the strike and further safety advice, log onto www.cambsfire.gov.uk.