This follows a refusal from the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) refusal to bring any new offer to the table over pensions, despite two months of talks.
The strike will begin at 18:00 on 31 October until 18:00 on 4 November.
The union states that it has negotiated in good faith and has taken up every opportunity to make its case and to seek changes to the government’s pension plans, which the unions says are expensive and unworkable.Despite promising statements from Penny Mordaunt, the Westminster fire minister, it is now clear the government does not want to resolve this dispute and is spoiling for a fight.Matt Wrack, FBU general secretary, said: “Firefighters are incandescent following two months of negotiations which have led to no new proposals.
“Firefighters will not stand by and see our members’ pension rights destroyed by a government which does not give a damn about the safety or wellbeing of firefighters or the long term
“The public do not want 60 year olds tackling fires. Everyone understand the stupidity of these plans – except government Ministers.
“We remain committed to resolving this dispute in the interests of our members and the public at large.”
The FBU has opposed government attacks on firefighter pensions and the union has presented large quantities of professional evidence to demonstrate the proposals do not take account of the real operational demands or standards of a firefighter’s role.Under government proposals firefighters will have to work until they are 60 instead of 55, pay more into their pensions and ultimately get less in retirement.Due to the rigorous fitness requirements of the fire service, many of firefighters are expected to be unable to work to 60 and therefore risk losing half of their pension.
The public will also be put at risk with every likelihood that increasing numbers of 60 year old firefighters will be attending the most serious of incidents.The Westminster government now stands isolated as the ONLY government in the United Kingdom which has offered no new proposals, with Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales all putting forward new proposals for firefighters to consider.
Matt Wrack added: “The fact the Westminster government now stands alone in this dispute shows they are ignoring all the evidence and spoiling for a fight. They do not care less about firefighters or the fire and rescue service.”
Postal Workers Strike in Bridgwater
Dave Chapple, Communications Workers Union representative, told the Mercury: “A young woman has been dismissed for sick absence and it was totally unfair. It is the worst managerial decision in all my 35 years as a postman.
“80% of the staff are out on unofficial strike because we just felt so strongly about it. We are waiting for somebody to come out to talk to us, however long it takes.”
UCU members at the University of South Wales will be on strike on Thursday 13 November in a row over job cuts.Staff will walk out in protest at compulsory redundancies resulting from the closure of the university’s centre for community learning. The centre offered a range of courses at community and workplace venues across south Wales, providing a stepping stone to higher education for people without formal qualifications.Although some of the courses will continue following the centre’s closure, several staff members are being made redundant and the university has refused to redeploy them or improve the terms of severance packages.
UCU members at the institution start working to contract^ next week and will walk out next month if the university does not reconsider its position on redeployment or improved severance packages. The union will be handing out leaflets to students explaining the reasons behind their industrial action.UCU Wales official, Margaret Phelan, said: ‘Striking is always a last resort for members but, faced with the compulsory redundancy of hardworking and committed staff and a failure by university management to properly consider alternative proposals, they have been forced to take action.
‘We hope that the university will reconsider its position in the coming weeks and work with us to find a solution so that strike action can be avoided.’
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New website launched to build vote against local government pay proposal
Following a meeting of over 70 local government activists after last Saturday’s TUC protest in London, a website has been launched for branches and activists to share information on the campaign to reject the rotten LG NJC pay proposals.
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