It has been announced that Fire Brigades Union members will be taking part in two further periods of strike action in June as part of the national protest against changes to fire fighter pensions. The dates and times are: Thursday 12 June 2014 from 9am for 24 hours
This is a longer period of strike action than has been the case previously and the service is urging people to be extra vigilant during this period especially during the hours of darkness.
As well as the 24-hour strike a further period of strike action will take place on the following date:
Saturday 21 June 2014 – 10am to 5pm
In addition to the strike action, the FBU have also announced ‘action short of strike action’. This will be a refusal by fire service personnel to undertake voluntary overtime, non-contractual overtime or voluntary additional hours. The FBU has announced the following dates and time for action short of strike action:
Commencing 9am on 13 June 2014 until 10am on 21 June 2014
Members of the Fire Brigades Union within Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service are once again expected to join the planned strike action.
Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service’s contingency plans were tested during the last periods of strike action and we are currently updating the details of those plans to ensure that once again we remain focused on:
• Public and firefighter safety.
• Providing the best service to the people of Cornwall within the limitations of the resources available to us.
• Ensuring a quick return to normalisation.
During this difficult period I would appreciate your support in taking every opportunity to reinforce the following key critical safety messages which are also included on the attached poster which can be printed off and displayed wherever you think appropriate.
• In the event of fire, you should get out, stay out and call 999 – you will get an emergency response.
• Make sure you have smoke alarms on at least every level of your home
• Smoke alarms save lives, but only if they’re working. Test them regularly
• Stub cigarettes out properly and dispose of them carefully
• Plan your escape route and make sure everyone knows how to get out in a fire
• Take extra care in the kitchen and never leave cooking unattended
• Do not overload electrical sockets. Watch out for faulty and over-heating electrical equipment, and wiring/cables
• Drinking alcohol? Plan how to get home safely without driving.
Prevention advice and guidance has been prepared for businesses and residents on our website – www.cornwall.gov.uk/fire
This is a national dispute between members of the Fire Brigades Union and the Government over proposed changes to pensions and is not directed against Cornwall Council or Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service. While the strike action will inevitably have an impact on fire and rescue services, I want to reassure you that residents in Cornwall will not be left without emergency cover in life threatening situations