A strike by firefighters, which was due to take place tomorrow (Saturday), has been called off.
Members of the Fire Brigades Union (FBU) were due to walk out from 6.30pm to 11.30pm tomorrow night in a row over pensions.
But, following further negotiations with the government, the industrial action has been temporarily postponed. However, the FBU say the negotiations have not yet addressed all their concerns.
A statement on the FBU website said: “The union has always been clear that we wish to resolve the dispute through negotiation rather than strike action and that every avenue should be explored to achieve this.
“Within the past two days there has been considerable discussion with CLG (government) officials, with the CLG Minister and with representatives of the fire service employers in England. These discussions have resulted in a shift in the publicly stated position of the national employers. “The Executive Council has agreed to temporarily postpone the strike action scheduled for Saturday so as to allow government and the national employers the opportunity to present a workable and robust solution to the problems they say they wish to resolve. The union would need to ensure that we are confident that any such process provides the necessary legal protections for firefighters.
“This is a temporary postponement of strike action. The FBU will seek discussions with government/s on the other areas of our dispute.
“The Executive Council has convened a meeting of representatives from brigades, regional and sectional committees to assess the current stage of our campaign and negotiations. The Executive Council will meet in a week’s time to assess progress and consider whether further strike action needs to be called.”