To date Fire Brigades Union members have held four short strikes following their initial ballot on industrial action in September 2013 and we are making plans for further industrial action.
The FBU have informed us that their members have voted yes to ‘action short of a strike’ in their dispute with the Government over pensions. The result of this second ballot, which ended today (4th December), means that FBU members will now take alternative forms of industrial action in addition to striking.
At this time we are not aware of what action short of strike means for East Sussex Fire & Rescue Service so we have prepared a range of contingency plans in advance of being informed by the FBU.
We are naturally disappointed by this result which places additional pressures on the Service and hope that the FBU and Government can bring this dispute to a swift and successful conclusion.
We will continue to provide an emergency response across East Sussex and Brighton and Hove during all forms of industrial action and will prioritise incidents where lives may be in danger.
However fire cover will inevitably be reduced and we need members of the public to follow the safety advice available on our website and help us to focus our resources where they are most needed.
Our advice remains the same at all times. If you have a fire, get out, stay out and dial 999. We will respond.