West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service (WYFRS) has been informed that a 24-hour period of strike action will take place from 0700 hrs on February 25.
This is the first firefighter strike of 2015, following on from the last period of industrial action taken on December 9 to 10 last year.
Assistant Chief Fire Officer Dave Walton said: “It is extremely disappointing that we once again find ourselves planning for yet another period of strike action by our firefighters.
“It is now 18 months since the first strike occurred and since then there have been 48 occasions when the people of West Yorkshire have not been protected by the normal level of highly skilled staff.
“There appears to be no end in sight to this ongoing and damaging dispute – each time a strike occurs the public are once again placed at risk.”
The Fire Brigades Union (FBU) and Government are in dispute over its public sector pension reform programme, in particular proposals to introduce a new Firefighters’ Pension Scheme from April 2015 to replace the two current schemes which most operational personnel are members of.
Contingency cover will be provided by those not striking and Community Response Operatives (CROs).
CROs are specially recruited for this purpose and undergo three weeks’ training. They are only deployed under the supervision of a senior officer.
The strike will be followed by a period of action short of strike (ASOS) starting at 0700 hrs on February 26 until further notice.
Action short of strike is where employees can refuse to undertake certain parts of their role short of a full strike action.
Help us help you during strike and take extra care to ensure your safety.
- Do not overload plug sockets.
- Stick to speed limits.
- Always wear a seatbelt.
- Take regular breaks on long journeys – tiredness can kill.
- Never drink and drive – order a taxi if you are going out.
- Do not cook while under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
- Never leave cooking unattended, even for a moment.
- If you have to leave the kitchen, take pans off the heat and switch off appliances.
- Ensure cigarettes are always fully extinguished.
- Never smoke in bed.
- Always use a proper non-combustible ashtray – never a bin.
For more safety information visit www.takeextracare.co.uk or www.westyorksfire.gov.uk. We will also be issuing safety advice via our social media channels on Twitter West_Yorks_FRS and official Facebook page www.facebook.com/westyorkshirefire.