Strike Information


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Wednesday 1st January 2014

Professional crews back on duty and protecting you – Thank you for your support


 


Tuesday 24th December

To All FBU Members

Once again we find ourselves on the verge of industrial action in the pension dispute.  Please visit www.fbu.org.uk for an update on the latest developments and the very clear reason for the need for the escalation of industrial action.Despite today’s talks with the Fire Minister the strike will go ahead after a failure to resolve the situation. Control members will also be taking ‘action short of strike’ by not undertaking prearranged overtime during this period.Members taking industrial action are reminded that the major incident recall agreement will be in place for the duration of the action between 1900hrs and Midnight.  The agreement facilitates FBU members engaged in lawful strike action to return to work in the event of a major incident on a voluntary basis. FBU members are encouraged to support the agreement and the local protocol.  The Brigade has the facility to send a text message to your phone in the event of a recall situation. Contact numbers have been populated from Firewatch so all members are requested to ensure your details are correct on Firewatch and if not please update them and advise the OSR set up for the strike period. If members are remaining together during the strike period and would like to nominate a single point of contact please again inform the OSR of the nominated number.

In addition to this please be aware that during previous periods of industrial action a conscious decision was made by management not to secure fire stations using security guards, as the period of action was relatively short. As the forthcoming periods are longer in duration, the local FBU officials and management have agreed to apply the same principles and not secure the premises, however in return it has been agreed if the duty crew leave the premises they will ensure that it is fully secured to prevent intruders. This agreement is not only to protect RBFRS assets but also your own personal belongings that are on station.
It is also appropriate to remind members to behave responsibly whilst engaged in lawful strike action. Guidance on picket lines is attached. This responsibility extends to social media and members should be familiar with the Brigade IT policy and follow the FBU advice.Thank you for your support and Merry Christmas to you and your families.In unity,Paul Watts
Acting Brigade Secretary
FBU Berkshire


 

Monday 16th December 2013

All Members Circular: Industrial Action: Pensions In The Fire Service – CALL FOR INDUSTRIAL ACTION

 

Saturday 14th December 2013 – 22:00

Solid support for FBU strike action in Berkshire but normal service is now restored with professional fire crews available. Thank you for your support – In Unity


Saturday 14th December 2013 – 18:00

FBU Strike Action has now commenced. Please take extra care  and professional firefighters will be back at 22:00

Friday 13th December 2013

FBU Strike Action has now commenced. Please take extra care as it is not known what cover is in place.

Friday 13th December 2013

To All FBU Members

Following the government’s failure to engage in meaningful talks with the FBU we once again we find ourselves on the verge of industrial action in the pension dispute.  A period of strike action will commence at 18:00hrs and conclude at 22.00hrs tonight (Friday 13th December).

A second period will commence and conclude at the same times tomorrow (Saturday 14th December).  Please visit http://fbu.org.uk for an update on the latest developments and the very clear reasons for the need for industrial action.

Members taking industrial action are reminded that the major incident recall agreement will be in place for the duration of both strike periods. The agreement facilitates FBU members engaged in lawful strike action to return to work in the event of a major incident on a voluntary basis. FBU members are encouraged to support the agreement and the local protocol (both attached).  The Brigade has the facility to send a text message to your phone in the event of a recall situation. Contact numbers have been populated from Firewatch so all members are requested to ensure your details are correct on Firewatch and if not please update them and advise the OSR set up for the strike period. If members are remaining together during the strike period and would like to nominate a single point of contact please again inform the OSR of the nominated number.

It is also appropriate to remind members to behave responsibly  whilst engaged in lawful strike action.  This responsibility extends to social media and members should be familiar with the Brigade IT policy and follow  FBU advice. Guidance on picket line activity is also attached.

Thank you for your support and please report any issues of concern that might occur to me at paul.watts@fbu.org.uk.

In unity,

Paul Watts
Acting Brigade Secretary
FBU Berkshire


 

Friday 8th November 2013

CIRCULAR: 2013HOC0605MW –

Second Ballot: Action short of strike
Wednesday 13 November 2013

Solid support for FBU strike action in Berkshire but normal service is now restored with professional fire crews available


22:00 Tuesday 12 November 2013

To All FBU Members

Once again we find ourselves on the verge of industrial action in the pension dispute.  Please visit www.fbu.org.uk for an update on the latest developments and the very clear reason for the need for industrial action.

Members taking industrial action are reminded that the major incident recall agreement will be in place for the duration of the action between 1000hrs and 1400hrs. The agreement facilitates FBU members engaged in lawful strike action to return to work in the event of a major incident on a voluntary basis. FBU members are encouraged to support the agreement and the local protocol .

The Brigade has the facility to send a text message to your phone in the event of a recall situation. Contact numbers have been populated from Firewatch so all members are requested to ensure your details are correct on Firewatch and if not please update them and advise the OSR set up for the strike period. If members are remaining together during the strike period and would like to nominate a single point of contact please again inform the OSR of the nominated number.

It is also appropriate to remind members to behave responsibly whilst engaged in lawful strike action. Guidance on picket lines is attached. This responsibility extends to social media and members should be familiar with the Brigade IT policy and follow this FBU advice.

Thank you for your support.

In unity,

Paul Watts
Acting Brigade Secretary
FBU Berkshire


08:00hrs Monday 4th November 2013

Solid support for FBU strike action in Berkshire but normal service is now restored with professional fire crews available


19:00hrs Sunday 3rd November 2013

To All FBU Berkshire Members

Once again we enter a period of strike action early tomorrow morning. Thank you to the members that will be supporting this action and no doubt it will be as well supported as the previous two actions and members will conduct themselves appropriately.

The support for the action on Friday night was solid and impressive. Several picket lines were supported by off-duty colleagues in addition to duty crews and 100% support from the Officers Branch.

A massive thank you to every member that turned out and stood in unity with thousands of FBU members across England and Wales who took part in strike action.

There has been a very recent development at national level and members should click here to be aware of the deteriorating situation we are faced with. It is also regrettable that a number of unsatisfactory matters have come to light pertaining to local management actions and the following concerning issues will be raised with RBFRS management:

Misuse of Overtime Policy – as a result of persons being given shifts off to crew strike breaking resources firefighters have been moved to standby on the affected station from other stations. The shortages created by the standbys are then being covered with overtime. This is clearly misuse of the overtime policy and members should check on the real reason for being offered overtime and not be duped in to covering for strike breakers.

Removal of pumps from stations – since the initial strike pumps have not been returned to at least three retained stations.

Removal of off road capability for Cockmarsh area – since the first strike the off road vehicles that are required to make up the pre-determined attendance for this isolated area have been removed from Maidenhead and are unavailable to attend an incidents at Cockmarsh or county wide.

Water Carrier removed – from Pangbourne and not available to attend incidents where it is needed or areas/risks that it is mobilised to supplement poor water supply.

Inaccurate press releases – Following Friday’s strike action RBFRS issued a press release that stated ‘RBFRS was able to continue to provide a robust level of emergency cover across the county during strike action – a total of 10 fire appliances, compared with the usual availability of around 15 fire appliances’.

At the last count RBFRS has 22 pumps based at 18 fire stations and in excess of 12 special and supporting appliances in addition officer cover. The unsubstantiated claim of 10 pumps is hardly a robust or adequate level of cover compared to normal standards of cover. Until such time as RBFRS disclose the type, location, crewing competencies and response times to communities in Berkshire their claims are just claims and no match for the normal provision of fire cover.

Mobilisation of strike breaking resources after the end of industrial action – it would appear that the Brigade struggled to understand what time the strike ended on Friday. At 23:05hrs on Friday 2 strike breaking resources were mobilised to a property fire in Whitley. The crews at the nearest stations had ceased strike action at that time and were fully available to respond. It was not until 4 minutes later than a professionally crewed appliance was mobilised. Fortunately it arrived at the incident before the strike breaking resource.

Life and Limb – once again an email has been circulated by management asking crews to indicate whether they were prepared to turn out to life risks on their station grounds. The FBU have been approached about this locally and referred the request to the national FBU. The response was no and that remains the FBU position.

Letters to home addresses of members regarding industrial action – FBU members have been subjected letters pressurising them against taking industrial action which has caused them to feel harassed. These letters are nothing more than desperate attempts to gather strike breakers and should be treated with the contempt they deserve.

The FBU in Berkshire have acted in good faith by supporting the major incident recall arrangements and local protocol and have repeatedly reminded members of their responsibilities during industrial action. We have always maintained that this is a dispute between the FBU and government and not a dispute with RBFRS. All the issues above would indicate that this is a dispute with unpleasant local undercurrents that will have long term effects on industrial and personal relationships for many years.

Thank you for your support and unity.

All branches please email paul.watts@fbu.org.uk with any issues or if you require advice