No loss of life or significant damage during Rugby fire strike

FBU Official Picket - Rugby Fire Station
FBU Official Picket - Rugby Fire Station

Firefighters went out on strike again this morning (Monday) in an ongoing dispute with the Government.

The first of a series of strikes was held in September and firefighters at the station went on strike for a second time on Friday night.

This morning (Monday) firefighters at the Corporation Street fire station went out on strike again from 6 to 8am.

Members of the Fire Brigade Union (FBU) are in an ongoing dispute with the Government over proposed changes to pensions.

Gary Phillips, Deputy Chief Fire Officer said this morning: “Today’s industrial action in the national dispute between the Government and the Fire Brigades Union has ended.

“This was a short two hour strike and thankfully we have attended only a small number of incidents with no loss of life or significant damage to premises.

“We had a reduced number of fire engines, no specialist equipment and, with fewer staff, this would have led to delayed response times, if there had been a major incident as we did not have normal cover during strike period.

“Our business continuity plans worked due to the hard training and, thanks to staff, who turned up to duty as 999 responses today were only possible because of our staff.

“The public also are due thanks for taking extra care and heeding safety precaution warnings during the strike action.

“We are now awaiting further news from the national Fire Brigades Union on the next steps in terms of their dispute with the Government. My continued view, and one that I think most of us share, is that I hope there can be a swift resolution to the negotiations so that protracted

industrial action does not become necessary.”