Fire brigade bosses prepare for strike
Published: 17 Sep 2013 13:300 comments
The Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service is advertising in newspapers and on local radio for volunteers to cover support shifts during the walkout, and has also issued a stark warning urging people to take extra care.
The national Fire Brigades Union (FBU) has been locked in a dispute with the Government over plans to raise the retirement age of firefighters to 60, but talks appear to have broken down beyond repair.
FBU General Secretary Matt Wrack said: “As a result of the refusal of governments in Westminster and Cardiff to see sense on firefighter pensions, it now appears that strike action is unavoidable in England and Wales.
“Almost 80% of firefighters voted in favour of industrial action if no progress could be made, but we have tried everything to avoid strike action being necessary.
“It’s not too late to avoid a strike: the governments of England and Wales must see sense, put public safety first and come back to the negotiating table willing to compromise.”
The announcement of when the strikes will happen will be made soon.