Firefighters to take part in four hour strike next Wednesday
Published: 17 Sep 2013 16:300 comments
The Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service has been advertising in newspapers and on local radio for volunteers to cover support shifts during the walk out - which could be the first of several - 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 this week talks broke down beyond repair, and firefighters will strike between noon and 4pm.
FBU General Secretary Matt Wrack said: “This initial strike is a warning shot to government. Firefighters could not be more serious about protecting public safety and ensuring fair pensions.
“Governments in Westminster and Cardiff have simply refused to see sense on these issues. It is ludicrous to expect firefighters to fight fires and rescue families in their late 50s: the lives of the general public and firefighters themselves will be endangered.
“None of us want a strike, but we cannot compromise on public and firefighter safety.”