Firefighters to strike in Hertfordshire
PUBLISHED: 15:59 11 October 2013 | UPDATED: 15:59 11 October 2013
Firefighters will again strike in Hertfordshire, this time on a Saturday night.
The Fire Brigades Union has voted in favour of a national strike over government proposals relating to new pension arrangements.
They will walk out for five hours between 6.30-11.30pm on October 19, an hour longer than their last industrial action on September 25.
Councillor Richard Thake, cabinet member for Community Safety at County Hall, said: “While we recognise that there are strong feelings on both sides of this national dispute, strike action in a key public service like this can only be to the detriment of Hertfordshire’s residents.
“We are disappointed that further strike action has been announced and we hope that there is a speedy resolution to this dispute in the interests of all concerned.
“Our contingency planning has worked well so far and fortunately there were no serious incidents during the first strike.
“We have been preparing for the possibility of a second strike and have contingency plans in place.
“In the event that the strike does go ahead, we will have fewer resources available, but we will respond to all serious incidents. Always call 999 in the event of an emergency.”
Roy Wilsher, Chief Fire Officer for Hertfordshire Fire and Rescue Service, added: “We are disappointed that another strike action has been announced as it appeared some progress was being made to resolve the dispute.
“Hertfordshire is a very safe county and it’s unlikely that you will be involved in a fire or an accident. There is extensive fire and road safety advice on our website to help you and your family stay safe during the strikes. We have set up a dedicated webpage about the strikes – www.hertsdirect.org/firestrike – which we will keep updated with all the latest news and advice about the strike action.”
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