Four day strikes

Chief Fire Officer Chris Kenny
Chief Fire Officer Chris Kenny
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MEMBERS of the Fire Brigades Union in Lancashire will strike for four days in the run up to bonfire night over pension reforms.

Firefighters will walk out from 6pm on Friday October 31 and not return until 6pm on Tuesday November 4.

The move is in a row over pensions and follows shorter action taken by the union throughout this year.

The union nationally says that it has negotiated in good faith and has taken up every opportunity to make its case and to seek changes to the government’s pension plans, which the union says are expensive and unworkable.

Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service’s Chief Fire Officer, Chris Kenny said: “This is a national dispute between the FBU and Government and is not a dispute between Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service and our firefighters.

“We do have a significant number of our staff who have given a commitment to maintain emergency cover and as a result the public can be reassured that the service plan to keep fire engines in Lancashire operational during the dispute period.

“We would urge all members of the public to be extra vigilant however and be aware that for minor fires in particular, there may be a longer wait for a fire engine.

“I ask the public to take extra care to prevent a fire happening .

“The focus for the service in the short term will be on providing the best service possible with the resources available.

“In the longer term the challenge will be in bringing our workforce together after the dispute to re-establish the most professional service possible.”

“Even at this late stage I sincerely hope that Government and FBU will soon arrive at a negotiated settlement and we have written to the Government to urge progress.”