July 24 2014 Latest news:
Wednesday, July 2, 2014
Firefighters in Cambridgeshire are to strike for a 15th time.
Members of the Fire Brigades Union (FBU) will walk out on Thursday, July 10, in a dispute about pensions.
The strike will last nine hours from 10am.
Chief fire officer Graham Stagg said: “The public have been good at heeding the advice we’ve given during previous period of industrial action and we would ask the same of them again.
“We are working hard to maintain a good level of service across the county. The public can help us by taking extra care to reduce the chances of a fire or road traffic collision happening.”
Matt Wrack, FBU general secretary, said: “The FBU has wanted to settle our dispute for a long time, but the government at Westminster is simply not listening.
“We are therefore proud to take strike action alongside our colleagues in other unions on 10 July.
“The fact that this government has united so many workers to take strike action against them is attestament to the failure of their policies.
“They are destroying our public services and wrecking the lives of millions.
“If they won’t listen and won’t negotiate then this is the result — and they should face more of the same if necessary.”
He added: “Despite endless assurances they have done precisely nothing to address the threat to firefighters as their fitness declines in their 50s.
“Firefighting is a dangerous and physically demanding job which requires specific fitness standards.
“It is obvious to everyone that it is more and more difficult to meet those standards in your 50s compared to your 20s.
”Firefighters in that position face a stark choice of being sacked or losing half their pension.
“This is outrageous and all the claims that the government values our firefighters have been exposed as an utter lie.
“They need to wake up to the fact that we are not going away and we will be continuing our fight for pension justice.”