Firefighters in England, currently undertaking four days of strike action until 4 November over the governments implementation of an unfair, unaffordable and unsustainable pension scheme, have received more messages of support from other trade unions.
Christine Blower, National Union of Teachers general secretary, wrote to Matt Wrack saying: â€œThe NUT wishes to express full support for your unionâ€™s strike action from 31 October to 4 November. Your campaign is to be applauded and the stand you are taking today has our full backing.
â€œNUT members are facing similar attacks with regards to their pensions. I hope that your unionâ€™s action over the four days is successful.
â€œPlease convey the NUTâ€™s solidarity to all your members.â€
Mick Cash, RMT general secretary, said: â€œRMT members are proud to support FBU members striking to protect their pensions – we will always stand in solidarity with the firefighters.
“The Westminster governmentâ€™s latest pension grab is unworkable and will be defeated. The quicker the government recognises the scale and resolution of the opposition to their plans the better.
“It may well not be safe for transport workers, especially on the sub-surface network, to present for work without proper fire safety back up. The RMT will support any transport worker who declines to work due to the safety risk during the FBU strike.”
Mark Serwotka, Public and Commercial Services union general secretary, said: â€œPCS fully supports the action taken by FBU members in defence of their pensions and the vital services they provide.
â€œThis government has acted totally disingenuously in negotiations with the union, and the result is an escalation of industrial action â€“ because firefighters refuse to be treated in such a brazen manner.”
Enrique Fossoul de la Sierra, general secretary of the Spanish trade union Confederations of Workers Commission, said: â€œThe firefighters of CCOO in Spain are sensitive to your problems which are similar to ours. We support the measures you have taken to struggle against the attack of the governments on public services and particularly focused on your pensions.
â€œWhile the financial capital and multinational companies keen growing, the Troika and our governments impose policies of austerity that stifle the workers and destroy public services.
â€œRegarding this situation extraordinary measures are needed. Now more than ever it is necessary that the workers get together to fight for our rights.â€
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