Following the news that the FBU has issued notice of further strike action in response to the Government’s continued plans to change firefighters’ pensions, London Assembly Labour Group Fire Spokesperson, Fiona Twycross AM, said:
“Despite the Fire Brigades Union calling off strikes and negotiating in good faith the Government is clearly not willing to listen and has not made a new offer to firefighters even though they clearly indicated this would happen.
“It is clear that the FBU feel the Government’s stance means the only way they can have their case heard is to press it through strike action. It is deeply disappointing that we have got to this position and I urge all sides to get back to the negotiating table.
“The proposal at the heart of this dispute, that firefighters should work until they are sixty or see their pension cut, is a heartless assault on those who spend their lives running into harm’s way to protect the public. The Government must recognise the position they are forcing firefighters into and come to a fair compromise with the FBU.”