Firefighters strike ends, but more industrial action to continue

Firefighters strike ends, but more industrial action to continue

Firefighters strike ends, but more industrial action to continue

First published in Somerset

FIREFIGHTERS in Somerset and the rest of the country will today (Monday, July 21) come to the end of eight consecutive days of strike action over pensions.

But they warn that other forms of industrial action will continue from this evening with no planned end date.

From 7pm tonight until further notice firefighters will not work voluntary overtime, non-contractual overtime or any additional voluntary hours.

Matt Wrack, FBU general secretary, said: “Firefighters have solidly observed the strike action over the past eight days; this has not been easy for them or their families, but all firefighters are aware what is at risk here.

“Firefighters cannot accept a deal which rips up the pension promises they were given and creates an unaffordable and unworkable pension which takes no account of the real work firefighters do and the fitness requirements which go with it.

“The campaign will continue until government ministers offer an alternative, affordable and workable pension scheme.”

The union’s executive council meets later this week and again next week to assess the latest developments and consider the next steps in the campaign.

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