Notts & Derbys: Fire Brigades Union members will strike on same day as UNISON members

The Fire Brigades Union (FBU) has announced its members in Notts and Derbyshire will take further industrial action next week.

FBU members will be on strike from 10 am until 7pm next Thursday (10th July).

This coincides with proposals by UNISON to stage a 24-hour period of industrial action from midnight to midnight on the same day.

The action by UNISON members is part of a national pay dispute.

Meanwhile, members of the FBU will walk out as part of their long-running dispute with the Government over pension arrangements.

Neither of the two disputes is with Notts Fire and Rescue Service or Derbyshire Fire Service.

Notts chief fire officer John Buckley said: “Inevitably the simultaneous strike action by members of the FBU and UNISON will have some impact on normal service provision, particularly with regard to our support function.”

“Some non-response activities such as training may have to be cancelled.”

“But, as in previous periods of strike action by the FBU, the service will continue to provide an emergency response to incidents using specially-trained contingency crews and staff who are not members of the FBU.

“Again I would remind people that response times will be slower than usual due to the reduced number of resources available, so I ask that people do all they can to help keep the number of incidents to a minimum and only call 999 in a genuine emergency.”

“I sincerely hope that the Government can work with both the FBU and UNISON to achieve speedy resolutions to their respective disputes.”