Fire Brigades Union announces strike dates for Cambridgeshire

16:20 04 July 2014

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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.

2 comments

  • I think the firefighters should realise that nobody else enjoys the sort of gold plated pensions like theirs nowadays and the government is absolutely right to change their terms. The rest of us will have to work in very stressful jobs until we're 68 and even then will not get the sort of pension they will get under the changes. If they're not happy with what is being proposed, then simply resign and get another job. There will be no shortage of people to take your jobs!

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    Citizen of EUSSR

    Saturday, July 5, 2014

  • Why no impartial representation of those sane enough to see how ridiculous the very notion of a public sector union is in the first place? These people should be flung out on their ear with their platinum-plated pensions revoked immediately.

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    Howard Roark

    Friday, July 4, 2014

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