Firefighters strike over pensions called off
A five-hour strike by firefighters due to take place tomorrow has been called off.
Firefighters at stations across the country were due to walk out between 6.30pm and 11.30pm on Saturday evening, in an ongoing dispute over pensions, but the Fire Brigades Union (FBU) announced this afternoon the strike was now off.
A statement released this afternoon thanked members for taking part in a strike last month and said that action, combined with other campaigning, has resulted in further negotiations between the union and the Government that have resulted in them being offered a deal to protect the pensions of those within 10 years of retiring and enhanced early retirement options for those entering the new pension system
The statement says: "Within the past two days there has been considerable discussion with Communities and Local Government (CLG) officials, with the CLG minister and with representatives of the fire service employers in England. These discussions have resulted in a shift in the publicly stated position of the national employers.
"The union has always been clear that we wish to resolve the dispute through negotiation rather than strike action and that every avenue should be explored to achieve this.
"The executive council has agreed to temporarily postpone the strike action scheduled for Saturday so as to allow Government and the national employers the opportunity to present a workable and robust solution to the problems they say they wish to resolve."
The strike would have been the second in two months, after members of the FBU walked out for four hours last month in protest at the changes to the national pension scheme.