Fire Brigades Union pay campaign picks up steam

Following the Fire Brigades Union formal £30,000 pay claim, mass meetings of Firefighters and Emergency Fire Control Operators are taking place all over the country in support of the FBU’s campaign.

This week the FBU have organised the following meetings:

Monday 17 June
Mass meeting Medway Fire Station, Kent at 19.00 hours
Tuesday 18 June
Mass meeting Canterbury Fire Station, Kent at 19.00 hours
Wednesday 19 June
Mass meeting, Bridgewater Hall, Lower Moseley Street, Manchester at 11.00 am
Wednesday 19 June
Presentation to all MP’s in Committee Room 10, House of Commons at 7.30 pm
Thursday 20 June
Lobby of London Fire & Civil Defence Authority, Spring Gardens, Vauxhall at 11.30 am
Thursday 20 June
Mass meeting at Preston Grasshoppers Rugby Club, Lancashire at 11.00 am
Thursday 20 June
Mass meeting Maidstone Fire Station, Kent at 19.00 hours
Friday 21 June
Mass meeting Netherfield Cricket Club, Kendal, Cumbria at 11.00 am
Friday 21 June
Mass meeting Carlisle Ex-Servicemen’s Club, Carlisle at 3.00 pm

The Fire Brigades Union is meeting with National Employers tomorrow, Tuesday 18th June, in The English Room, Methodist Central Hall, Storey’s Gate, London, SW1 at 12.30 pm, for further discussions on the pay claim.

The Fire Brigades Union’s position remains unchanged in that we are demanding £30,000 per year for Professional Firefighters and Emergency Fire Control staff. Also, £13.74 for every hour worked for Professional Firefighters working the Retained Duty System with an annual Retaining fee of £7,500.

Andy Gilchrist, FBU General Secretary said: “Our members have made clear their position on our national pay claim.

"Last week 12,000 members marched through London to Trafalgar Square in total support of our pay campaign. Firefighters and Emergency Fire Control Staff know they have the full support of the public in this dispute with their employers.

"We have made it clear time and time again that we do not want confrontation over this issue, but we are not prepared to continue seeing firefighters working 42 hours a week serving the public and then having to claim State Benefits.

"We have a unanimous mandate from our Annual Conference to ballot our members for National Strike Action if our demands are not met. If our employers refuse to listen to our demands, we have no choice other than to use this mandate.”

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