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Planned firefighters strike postponed
9:05am Saturday 19th October 2013 in News
THE planned firefighters’ strike this evening (Saturday) has been postponed at the last minute.
Cumbrian firefighters were due to take part in a nationwide strike with members of the Fire Brigades Union (FBU) between 6.30pm and 11.30pm.
The FBU released a statement yesterday saying they had received a letter from their employers claiming no firefighter will be left without a job or an unreduced pension.
The statement said: "The FBU received a letter from the fire service employers outlining principles on fitness and capability similar to those proposed in Scotland.
"The union also received further commitments from the English fire minister to adopt the Scottish principles on ‘no job, no pension’, as well as a review of fitness training, monitoring and application."
Matt Wrack, FBU general secretary said the strike has been postponed to 'enable guarantees to be firmed up'.
"FBU members want firm guarantees and not just fine words. We have given government the opportunity to progress this matter seriously.
"The Fire Minister has said that the proposal from the employers removes the threat of ‘no job, no pension’. Firefighters will have serious concerns about this claim and will want cast iron guarantees that this will be addressed properly.
"The FBU has temporally postponed the planned strike to enable these guarantees to be firmed up. However, there are a number of important and unresolved elements of our dispute and we need to be clear that we may have to resort to further strike action."
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