September 21 2014 Latest news:
Emma Lake, Reporter
Tuesday, July 22, 2014
Firefighters have concluded eight consecutive days of strike action during which crews left the scene of non-life threatening blazes - including a industrial estate fire in Rainham.
However, the Fire Brigade Union has announced that its members will continue to take action by not working voluntary overtime, non-contractural overtime or additional voluntary hours.
The announcement is the latest action to be taken in a long-running pension dispute.
Matt Wrack, FBU general secretary, said: “Firefighters have solidly observed the strike action over the past eight days; this has not been easy for them or their families, but all firefighters are aware what is at risk here.
“Firefighters cannot accept a deal which rips up the pension promises they were given and creates an unaffordable and unworkable pension which takes no account of the real work firefighters do and the fitness requirements which go with it.
“The campaign will continue until government ministers offer an alternative, affordable and workable pension scheme.”
The action will continue until further notice.