Possible strike for The Fire Brigades Union could include members of Gloucestershire Fire and Rescue Service
10:10am Friday 30th August 2013 in News
PEOPLE of Gloucestershire are being reassured that a professional fire and rescue service will be maintained despite the recent announcement that union members have voted in favour of industrial action.
The Fire Brigades Union (FBU) balloted its members for industrial action over national pension arrangements, with a strike now possible but no date set.
Although the dispute is outside the control of Gloucestershire Fire and Rescue Service, around 130 wholetime staff and a smaller number of retained firefighters in the county are members of the FBU and could support a potential strike.
Chief Fire Officer Jon Hall said: “We have substantial contingency plans in place but are still hopeful that these will not be needed. We want to reassure local people that we will endeavour to ensure people get the fire and rescue service they deserve.”
Gloucestershire County Council cabinet member for fire, planning and infrastructure Cllr Will Windsor-Clive said: “This is a national strike and not one we can do anything about, however we can make sure that the county is fully prepared and that’s why very thorough plans are in place for the period being discussed.”