FBU set to strike

By a County Press reporter

Tuesday, April 29, 2014


FIREFIGHTERS on the Isle of Wight are due to strike again over changes to pensions and retirement.

Fire Brigades Union (FBU) members have again failed to reach agreement with the government and are now set to strike from 12pm to 5pm on Friday, 2pm Saturday to 2am Sunday and 10am to 3pm the same day.

During the strike, cover will be reduced, with non-FBU members attending life-critical incidents such as house fires or road traffic incidents, the council said.

People should continue to use 999 to report emergencies.

Chief fire officer Steve Apter said: "With the weather having improved recently, and with it being a bank holiday weekend, many people may be planning on having celebrations, such as a barbecue.

"There will be reduced fire cover during the strike periods, and I would like to reiterate the advice that members of the public and businesses should be extra vigilant by checking fire safety arrangements and not taking unnecessary risks."

Cllr Phil Jordan, executive councillor for public safety, said: "It is disappointing this national strike has been announced, but residents should not worry as cover will be maintained on the Island."

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