Fire service for Epworth and Crowle prepares for union strike

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Epworth and Crowle residents are set to be affected by a strike announced by the Fire Brigades’ Union yesterday (Thursday).

Some 78 per cent of the union’s members voted in favour of strike action over a pensions dispute with the government.

Humberside Fire and Rescue is in the process of recruiting reserve fire crew members to help keep local people safe if and when the action does take place.

No date has been announced for the industrial action, however the union must make a decision within 28 days of the vote or the mandate will expire and at least seven days’ notice must be given.

HFRS’ Deputy Chief Fire Officer, Dene Sanders, said: “I fully appreciate the concerns the Union has over the proposed changes to pensions and hope that it is able to come to a satisfactory agreement through further discussions with government. However, the safety of our communities must come first and I am disappointed that members of the Union have chosen to take this route.

“We have robust plans in place to continue to provide an emergency response service however this will be at a much reduced level to what our communities have come to expect. This will be a challenging time for us but we feel confident in our plans and remain focused on the period post-action and managing the smooth return to normality.”

FBU general secretary Matt Wrack said: “We cannot expect large numbers of firefighters in their late-50s to fight fires and rescue families without creating danger to the public and firefighters.

“We have repeatedly raised safety concerns and provided strong evidence to back it up but the government just isn’t listening.”